A SEA OF PINK

Over the past few weeks we have been spoiled with incredible swathes of pink flowers all over the garden, thanks to the blooming of the Dias cotinifolia trees. These pictures all show the same tree for comparison.

It is amazing to think that they looked dead only two months ago, with nary a sign of leaves, let alone flower buds.

The first sign of hope this summer came in the form of delicate leaves.

We were delighted when the first buds opened to reveal their pretty pink petals. These have been attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and bees, as well as insects such as ants.

Looking at the same tree now (one of several in my garden), you can hardly see the leaves for the flowers. From the shape of the flowers it is easy to see why they are commonly known as Pompom trees.

These trees grow prolifically and have self-seeded themselves all over the garden. Some Europeans may be familiar with them as they have apparently, given their hardy nature, been cultivated there for the last few centuries.

23 thoughts on “A SEA OF PINK

  1. Very beautiful. I don’t comment often and am sorry about that, but I do appreciate all I learn from your blog about your beautiful country.

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    • ‘Natural pink’ as in flowers is different from pink material. These blossoms are transient too so we can enjoy their spectacular beauty for a fairly short time.

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  2. How extra special they are after the prolonged drought. They have such lovely and complex blossoms. Their transience makes them somehow even more special.
    We have two small trees in our garden and they are never that robust, but both flowered more prolifically this year than usual. I am interested that yours self seed. I must keep a lookout for that happening here as I have not noticed any seedlings here in previous years.

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    • We inherited a single mature tree with our garden thirty-odd years ago. Shortly before it keeled over in a storm we found two seedlings. Since then our garden hosts over twenty of these trees. During some years I actually weed the seedlings for there are far too many of them, others I let grow big enough for friends to collect, and a number have ‘told’ me to simply let them be as I left them too late. My garden is large enough to accommodate them.

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