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Old 05-08-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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Luvvarkansas and ChessieMom I think I'm gonna be very disappointed. You're probably both correct and I'm gonna be without a Mimosa this year. I'll not continue trying to explain what could have happened. I think I have only 11 seedlings left. I may have to go out later looking for more seeds from the invasive mimosa. Maybe they only grow when you don't want them to.
Well, I was trying to be diplomatic, but yeah, those are definitely not mimosa seedlings.

And gee, if you want more, just come wander around my yard late in the summer and you'll find plenty.

(FYI for those who may have missed it....I have a mimosa because my husband likes them. It was just a small one when we bought the house and I would have cut it down if not for his insistence that we keep it....they had a large one shading their patio at the house he grew up in, so it's all about nostalgia for him. Next-door neighbor likes them and has one too.)

Another tree I will advise people never to plant....Bradford pear. While mine are very old and large and beautiful in the fall and spring (so I will not cut them down), the seedlings come up by the thousands every spring and I spend a lot of my time pulling them up out of the flower beds and from around my shrubs.
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Don't get me started on Bradford pears. in Atlanta they were so over planted about 20-30 years ago. Kind of like Red tips. Now what Bradfords are left are half trees having lost the other half to storm damage. They stink to high heaven, stain driveways with dropping and are now considered nuisance trees.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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This is one reason why I won't get rid of mine.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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So in other words......you have a whole lot of seedlings of your Pride of Barbados? Well...as disappointed as you are......you are blessed as well, because those are gorgeous plants!

You know, it easily done, isn't it? The older I get, the more disciplined I have to be about labeling! Hahaha I did.....I DID label this year, in the rounds of seed planting that I did. The trouble? Once I started putting plants out in the garden, I ended up with a 1/2 a 6-pack here, 1/2 a 6-pack there, but lost the labels. LOL Now.....I have cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower seedlings here and there, which will be "suprises"...of course, until they get a wee bit older.

I've got a few ? pumpkins a few ? squash. LOL We'll find out which is which, when they grow a little more...almost makes it like a mystery garden.
Thanks! Yes, it took an odd set of circumstances to throw me off like this. Most likely a table in my den piled high with seeds of all sorts being re-shuffled by gkids and the DOG led to an early mix up in pods or seeds. It's not easy seeing seedlings through the winter here (for me)either.

I'm always growing lemon, orange and grapefruit seeds. I mark them but they often end up unreadable and I can't tell them apart as seedlings. I have Sago Palms going on 4 maybe 5 years. Still just a few inches tall. I scrubbed the seed soaked and planted all in a shallow sand box. In the 2nd year they all finally sprouted. I had given up on them. They're very slow growing apparently as are Mountain Laurels.



I finally managed to have planted one that has now reached about 16" high. I tried all the veggies a few years back. Tomatoes and Cucumbers did well. I had several cantaloupe though the squirrels did most of them in. Peppers I've grown tons of. My problem here is I have no real gardens. Anyhow, this Mimosa thing still has me rattled. Thanks for being so understanding.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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what is this purple flowering tree. At first I thought it was wisteria growing in a tree but now I'm not sure what it is.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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Well, I was trying to be diplomatic, but yeah, those are definitely not mimosa seedlings.

And gee, if you want more, just come wander around my yard late in the summer and you'll find plenty.

(FYI for those who may have missed it....I have a mimosa because my husband likes them. It was just a small one when we bought the house and I would have cut it down if not for his insistence that we keep it....they had a large one shading their patio at the house he grew up in, so it's all about nostalgia for him. Next-door neighbor likes them and has one too.)

Another tree I will advise people never to plant....Bradford pear. While mine are very old and large and beautiful in the fall and spring (so I will not cut them down), the seedlings come up by the thousands every spring and I spend a lot of my time pulling them up out of the flower beds and from around my shrubs.
That's how I took it and I appreciate you waking me up to this apparent ID error. I have seen the Mountain laurels with babies sprouting all around them. I've not seen this with Mimosas. Esperanzas have pods with feathery seeds. Left alone these pods open and release their seeds everywhere. I have yet to see a baby root or spout on it's own. They are otherwise very easy to sprout in pots.

The Bradford pears sound a lot like the Chinese apple tree (not sure of name) my BIL has. Littles ones sprout up everywhere. For that matter pecan trees are bad about this. But, at current prices I doubt many pecans will be left on the ground to sprout.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:55 PM
 
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what is this purple flowering tree. At first I thought it was wisteria growing in a tree but now I'm not sure what it is.
Mountain Laurel. The blooms look like grapes from a distance. Very fragrant too.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Wow not the mountain laurel I'm familiar with. Since it is poisonous I haven't ever grown it.

Kalmia latifolia
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Mountain Laurel. The blooms look like grapes from a distance. Very fragrant too.
Are you sure?
Mountain Laurel is PA's state flower... and your plant doesn't even come close to it!


http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/group...cnr_009326.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmia_latifolia
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Are you sure?
Mountain Laurel is PA's state flower... and your plant doesn't even come close to it!


http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/group...cnr_009326.pdf

Kalmia latifolia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Texas Mountain Laurel..Sophora secundaflora... .
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/...horasecund.htm

https://www.google.com/search?q=moun...%3B3312%3B4416

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calia_secundiflora

Since I'm in Texas I just call them Mountain Laurels.
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