The beauty of Bark, Flowers, and Leaves: What a Show!

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The beauty of Bark, Flowers, and Leaves

By NEILMUIR1
April 25, 2010

As spring unfolds its true majesty, we gasp at the beauty of spring flowers and rightly so. But there are also some wonderful delights to see in plants, in their bark or in the colour and texture of their leaves.

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Apr 25, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Neil, you are sure great at putting that new lens through it's paces. My, what pictures. The close-up of the bark on the paper bark tree is my favorite and have never seen one before. There are all kinds of maples I enjoyed up north, but alas, they will not grow down here in the heat, so they are enjoyed when I go see my children.

Also, the pansies with their cute little faces are adorable. They were a mainstay in my garden up north. They would last so long in a little vase and could be enjoyed 24 hours a day.

It is so good seeing you post again and that tells of your good recovery. Hope your parents feel better soon, too.

Hugs,

Nancy

PS. Thanks for adding my name again. You're a sweetie.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 25, 2010 6:49 AM CST
Dear Nancy, when I was doing Chelsea I was told to throw away two paperbarks as they could not get them on board the transport we had. I managed to get some help and rescue them, they were huge then! I planted them in my mothers garden some 25 years ago. One is massive and incredibly beautiful. It is completely underplanted with cyclamen that have spread to every inch of space. The problem is they are notoriously difficult to grow from seed i.e. the original seed from the parent tree. I tried every which way for years to no avail at all. Reading an Article on them, as China will not let anyone take anymore seed from the wild, it said that in the wild they do not germinate till the tree is 60-70 years old and then only at 5-7% of seeds will. As my mothers one is so big I took every seed I could of it, thousands of them. With a lot of mucking about five germinated, and lived. I have one in my garden and the rest I spread out to good gardeners as the seeds (viable ones), from an original tree are rare. They were found in China by some British Soldiers in W.W.W. II, so the two trees I got must be at least over 60 years old, plus a bit more. I love them although they are cheap now as they propagate them from cells! Which means they are all cloned and not quite like the original, well they are all cloned of one tree so they are all the same, if that makes sense?
Regards & hugs.
Neil.
p.s. bottom of my mothers one, well mine really!

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Apr 25, 2010 10:57 AM CST
Yes, that is perfectly clear, Neil. ??

They are the same thing only different. LOL

Off to make a turkey breast for dinner and butternut squash.

Hugs,


Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller

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