Friday, June 19, 2009

Floral Friday - My Mystery Bloomer

Happy Friday! This is a special Friday for me, because I'm packing up the camper, getting my clothes ready, food stuffs for a week, dog food and treats ready, making sure the life vests and paddles are handy, and in general getting the camper cleaned and ready for a week in the mountains!

We'll be leaving on Sunday to go to Hiawassee, Georgia for a week of camping. We're taking the canoe and lots of good things to eat; books to read and games to play, and I'm taking a couple of crafty things to work on. I can't wait until Sunday afternoon, when the camper will be set up, the canopy and screen are put up over the picnic table, the bed is made, the a/c is on, and we can put the canoe in the water and paddle around Lake Chatuge.

But before everything is packed, before the canoe is strapped onto the camper and the camper is hooked to the truck, I need to share my mystery bloomer with you. The mystery isn't in the plant - I know what it is, but it's blooming out of season, and the blooms are totally different from the way they usually look!

It's a tulip magnolia, and it's one of the fist things to bloom in March. Here are a couple of pictures I took in March, see how there aren't any leaves, and the blooms are wide and two-toned, and very pretty?

Well, it's blooming again, and the blooms are totally different! Take a look at these blooms . . .

Aren't they lovely???

Note: Please disregard the powdery mildew on the leaves - I'm working on it!

These blooms are lovely, and - I think - made prettier by the presence of leaves, but . . .

Why is it blooming again in June, and why are the blooms totally different???

Can anyone explain this to me??? My theory is that it's just really happy to have more water this year after the drought, but it's just speculation on my part.

Have you ever had anything like this happen? Will it still bloom as usual next year? I have questions. Does anyone out there have answers???
Thanks for joining me for this mystery edition of Floral Friday! Have a great weekend, Becky


LissyLou said...

Happy friday to you! Have a great week away x

Anonymous said...

Lucky you - Lake Chatuge is beautiful and I hope you have a marvelous time.
Our tulip magnolia almost always blooms twice. I never noticed if the blooms look different the 2nd time around. I know there are just a few blooms the 2nd time.

Have lots of fun and take pics!

Kanak Hagjer said...

The blooms are so pretty. I haven't seen a tulip magnolia before.
Have a great trip!