I had to say goodbye to my Mimosa tree over the
weekend. A collapse in the septic system meant new
lines had to be put in and of course my little Mimosa tree
was in the way and had to be uprooted.
It was just getting big enough to get some beautiful
blooms on it last summer. The butterflies and hummingbirds
just flocked to it when it was in bloom.
A few years ago I had a large one between the garage and
the house but it became a problem where it was located so
it was cut down.
They can get a little messy when the blooms and seed pods
start dropping so always plant them in an open area where
the seed pods can be raked up easily. That was the reason
for cutting the older one down, it left a mess on the garage
roof and eaves, and left a mess on the sidewalks and flower
beds below it.
I have two other small ones that I planted three years ago
and they do grow very fast and bloom after about seven
years so all is not lost and there will be Mimosa's
blooming again in a few years and far enough away from
creating any problems.
Many consider it an invasive tree because of the seed pods
cause spreading of the trees. In all my years I have seen maybe
ten new trees starting from seed in my beds or yard of
which I easily just pulled up. They are also spread if planted
near streams where the pods travel down stream.
So this are all considerations when deciding to plant a Mimosa
new Mimosa tree.
Planted in the right areas their beauty, fragrance and
blooms which draws butterflies and humming birds into the yard
far out weigh the minor inconvenience of raking a few seed pods
and pulling up a few new sprouts when I am weeding.
Since this is St. Patrick's Day, to all of those who are Irish and to
us who are of Irish descent:
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland's faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!
Some Irish Gold in the Irish Gold Rose