Friday, June 22, 2012


When we step
out on our porch
this time of year,
we are greeted
with a delightful aroma.

Our house is surrounded
by Catalpa Trees
or as we tend to call them -
"bean trees".

They have lovely blooms.
that last for about a week.

The blooms hang in clusters
among the large leaves
that are about the size of dinner plates.

Each individual bloom
is approximately the size
of a quarter
and resembles a small orchid.

Soon they will fall like snow
and be replace with long beans
which are food for catalpa worms.
Luckily, we never get the worms!!

Have a great weekend.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ivy


Vicki M. said...

Bosco, Emma and I truly believe we need to move in with you for a very long vacation. Rocky Creek is certainly have your very own slice of heaven! We love you! Kerry, Vicki, Bosco and Emma

Holly said...

I wonder what Rory, Fiona, and Argyle would do with the long beans? Run around with them hanging out of their mouths? Try to get you 3 to chase them? The imagination runs wild!

Linda said...

I remember seeing those beans on the ground. We do have one or two of those trees here, but I don't remember seeing the blooms or smelling them. How beautiful, thanks for the photos!

Hugs to all,
Linda, Abby & Arlo

rottrover said...

What a beautiful tree! Not something we EVER see in California. Well, we have beautiful trees, just not that kind!) BOL!!

-Bart and Ruby

Sue said...

THose trees are beautiful and how nice that they smell good. We used to have Bradford Pear trees that smelled like dead fish when they flowered. Not good!

Anonymous said...

Oh for a tree I wish, looks wnderful, and riding around in your own personal vehicle for the view.

Send me some trees

Susie an Bites

Mitch and Molly said...

We've seen these trees before and they are beautiful and the beans are LONG! We never knew the flowers smelled pretty. Mom says she needs to go sniff a catalpa and check it out!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Jazzi said...

Those are pretty cool. We love pretty flowers too.

Snazzi said...

Such pretty flowers! I bet they smell bew-tee-ful!

Mango said...

We love flowering trees! Good to see the pollinators hard at work.

Mango Momma

gMarie said...

Very pretty! And I know I still owe you a very late PIF gift. I have all the stuff, now I just need the time to do the handwork. I think you'll love it - when I get it to you. ::sorrytobethelamefirend:: g

Linda said...

I could not help but notice(aside from the trees) that your Scots are also "leashed into" their ride! Mum NEVER lets we fursisters off leash either!!! Katie MacBrindle and Fiona Vaughn Wheaten

Anonymous said...

OH how very beautiful!

Keith Andrea said...

.,wow beautiful orchids., It's nice to see their flowers bloom...

Dog Fence

Sweet William The Scot said...

My Grandmother would take those long bean pods and dry them, tie them with twine in bunches and make big wreaths for the Historical Society Museum. They turn a shiny kind of burnt brown.
Wish I could smell country air.
Sweet William The Scot

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