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Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in People.

To all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Moms and Grandmas:

Have a memory making day filled with loved ones and sweet surprises:

Love grows within
You are the garden
Nurture yourself

On that gardening note . . . can anyone identify this plant for Flying Gma?

© flyinggma, http://www.flyinggma.wordpress.com and flyinggma.com, 2010.

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1. Debra - May 8, 2011

Happy Mom’s Day to everyone and thank you Nancy!!!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Have a wonderful day today! 😀

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 8, 2011

The blossoms look just like a mimosa tree blossoms, but the leaves don’t. Google mimosa tree and there should be a photo of them. But you probably know what mimosa trees look like.


nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Actually, I don’t know what a mimosa tree looks like . . . just what a Mimosa tastes like. 😀

Mmm . . . Mimosas!

Looks like Sidey has identified it. Yay!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Turns out you were CLOSE:

•Family: Mimosaceae
•Genus: Calliandra

3. viewfromtheside - May 8, 2011

It’s a Calliandra. Indigenous around here, but slightly different species from different warm parts of the world.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011
4. Maggie - May 8, 2011

I need that flower in my garden.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Beautiful, isn’t it? Have a wonder-filled day!

5. granny1947 - May 8, 2011

Sorry Love, I know absolutely nothing about plants!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Thanks, Granny. Looks like Sidey’s got us headed in the right direction . . . even if we haven’t figured out the exact varietal.

6. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 8, 2011

I’m proud of myself – it is a member of the Mimosa family! I’m surprised down there in Florida you haven’t seen or heard of it! When I was growing up in Beaumont (whether I grew up is a debatable point, but let’s just pretend), we used to love to play with the leaves of our variety of mimosa. You would grab a small stem of the leaves and z-z-z-z-z-z-zip! them off the center of the stem by running your thumb and forefinger down the stem. It was fun, and it made beautiful green “confetti!” I’ll try to find a photo of what I’m talking about so you can see it. You can find a photo of the leaves here (but you can also see you a photo of the flowers on the site too):

The flowers were so beautiful! They looked like furry powder puffs and felt soft and tickly on your nose!

Do you ever remember making bracelets with 5-o-clocks? These were pretty soft pink/purple flowers that were trumpet shaped. You plucked them and strung them together by putting the narrow part of each “horn” of the flower into the bell part, and then kept going til you had a string long enough for a bracelet or a necklace.

It sort of makes me sad to think that there are many children in the world today who have no concept of such simple, non-electronic joys. . . Growing up used to have lots of fun in it, and a lot of it was spent outdoors. Remember roller skates that fit on your shoes, and you had to have a skate-key? There’s a song about that too:

I know that all the good times of life are not just in the “good old days,” but lots are. I am comforted to know that today’s younger generations will have their own good old days memories, too, but I wonder what they will be? 😀

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

We used to make dandelion or daisy chains by splitting the stem below the flower and threading the next flower through it.

BTW: I expect that I have seen a mimosa tree down here . . . without recognizing what it was. Sometimes I just embrace beauty without bothering to first label or categorize it. 😀

7. Joanne - May 8, 2011

My horticulturist friend said he’s not sure but he thinks Acacia or Callistemon..???

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Just googled Acacia ~ a genus of shrubs and trees which also belongs to the subfamily Mimosoideae. (Another relative of the mimosa tree).

And Jeanne’s flower looks very similar to Callistemon as well:

Thanks, Joanne!

8. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 8, 2011

Looks like my links didn’t show up on my comment. I’ll do a mini post on my blog so you and your readers can see them. Give me a couple of minutes and they will be up<

Happy Mum's Day to all the mothers out there ; biological, genetic, or spiritual!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

It looks alot like the Mimosa tree flower on this link:


flyinggma - May 8, 2011

This picture looks just like the plant I saw along the roadside. It’s fun to know what it is.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011


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11. CMSmith - May 8, 2011

No. Can’t identify it, but it’s pretty cool looking.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

It reminded me of a thistle by its color, but not the shape. Following the “clues” has been fun. Lots of overlap between one flower and the next.

12. flyinggma - May 8, 2011

Thanks Nancy and everyone else for the plant information. I found the flowering bush along a roadside during our travels west in Northern Florida. I also found some poison ivy that I brought home with me 🙂

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Poison Ivy . . . that’ll teach you not to go mucking about the side of the road. 😉

Glad that you’ve identified the bush to your satisfaction. Paula gets a gold star!

13. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 8, 2011

For the life of me, try as I may, I cou;d not embid “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates. . .” so here is the link: It’s a fun song, and has been featured in a commercial lately I believe:


nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Melanie grew up right around the corner from me:

Tammy - May 8, 2011

You knew you’d draw me out on that one! Love Melanie.

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Are you back home from Peru?

14. barb19 - May 8, 2011

Looks like you found out what that plant is; it has a very pretty, delicate flower – gorgeous!
Happy Mother’s Day Nancy!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Isn’t it? Hope you are having a grand Mother’s Day “down under” . . . or did you celebrate it last month with our friends in England?

I’m not a “mom” but I am a favorite aunt to 10 wonderful nieces and nephews . . . on my good days, anyway. 😀

15. jeanne - May 8, 2011

I hope your day was filled with wonderful opportunities for making memories!

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Thanks, Jeanne! I had a nice chat with my mom this morning . . . she seemed in good spirits. Hope your day rocked!

16. Julie - May 8, 2011

I can’t identify the plant, but love the words. Thanks! 🙂

nrhatch - May 8, 2011

Glad you had such a lovely day . . . from 10K run to champagne brunch to nap to home cooked dinner (that you didn’t have to cook).

17. eof737 - May 9, 2011

Hope you had a wonderful day too… Love the mimosa calliandra. 🙂
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nrhatch - May 9, 2011

That’s beautiful . . . amazing the things that we can do with a simple keyboard to kick things up a notch.

Hope you had a grand day, Eliz!

18. Naomi - May 10, 2011

Wow, that was a cool botany lesson, thanks Nancy – also for the kind mention! I love your expression “memory making day” and will keep it close with a view to experiencing as many as possible. I hope your Mother’s Day was one of them 🙂

(Most impressive Eliz…I wouldn’t know where to begin!)

nrhatch - May 10, 2011

Thanks, Naomi. Other than chatting with my mom for a bit, I didn’t do much to celebrate Mother’s Day.

I expect that we need to intersperse memory making days with more mundane and run-of-the-mill days . . . or we’ll overload our memory banks and crash our hard drives. 😉

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