Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Me and My Mountain Laurel

Spring is officially here. I know because my mountain laurel is abloom. The flowers smell so sweet that it's almost overwhelming. It's totally covered in bees and butterflies this time of year. When you get close to it, you hear this weird humming. It freaked me out at first, but the bees are only interested in the flowers. I haven't been stung yet.

I planted it about 12 years ago. It came in one of those 1-gallon containers and was about a foot tall. Mountain laurels are supposedly slow growing, but this one seems to really like the sweltering heat that radiates off the pavement in August and has taken over that corner of the yard.

10 Comments:

Blogger CrimsonKing said...

I've never seen that kind of bush before. Or tree, or whatever. With a name like moutain laurel you'd think they'd be in Colorado, but still.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

It's lovely to behold. If someone would just hurry up and invent the scentoweb we could get a better sense of it. We'll just have to take your word for it. You wouldn't be jiving us would you - you're not just saying it smells lovely because we shall never smell it out her in Interwebland?

(Suspicion. Muttering. Paranoia)

1:00 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Oh, I like that tree. Is that you hiding out on the side trying to pretend you're a jeans-wearing flower?

7:08 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I'm always impressed when people know the names of their plantlife. I just call all mine The Yellow Pieces of Shit That Spurn Water. I think they can sense my scorn.

Oh...and you'll have to make that pic scratch-n-sniff for Sam...you should get Slag on that.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Whippersnapper said...

I'm looking out my window, and all I see is dirty, melting snow. I can't even begin to describe how jealous I am.

Last summer I planted impatiens and they managed to survive the season. I felt very triumphant, and this post has helped inspire me to do even greater things this year. Maybe hollyhocks.

Yah, is that you by the tree? You're gorgeous! You and DoctorMama are gonna make me reconsider the jogging thing.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Schmoopie said...

Absolutely beautiful! I have had a fun Spring here in Seattle. I have rediscovered magnolia trees and will be posting about them soon :)

10:58 PM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

WOW they really do grow things bigger in Texas! lol

My way around a garden is...if you water it and it grows~it's a weed.
If you water it and it dies~ its a flower that I planted.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

I know spring is here because I had my annual dream where I bought a Wrangler. Then I woke up and was sad because I didn't actually buy a Wrangler.

11:21 PM  
Blogger xxxalicelovergrrlxxx said...

i think its beutiful lol!!!!!!!!!!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Evil Spock said...

That's gorgeous. It's starting to really get nice here in Bloomington; flowers are coming up and trees are blooming. We're in for a cold spell though later this week.

8:58 AM  

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