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Thursday Tree Love: The Persistent Mimosa

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When we were having our new roof put on, one of my beloved mimosas was in the way – growing right next to the corner of the house with its branches draping over the roof.  I was informed that it had to be cut down, apparently trimming it back would not be enough. I pushed my sadness deeper and felt thankful I would not be there to have to witness the cutting which my husband took care of. At least it was in the winter when I imagine deciduous trees sleeping.

This spring, the mimosa grew back with vigor. I’ve seen this happen before. After being cut all the way down, mimosas grow back thicker. Some people call this invasive. I call it prolific. I admire their strength and beauty.

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You can see why they are also called the umbrella tree.

Hurricane Dorian pushed her around a lot, and she’s looking a little ragged. But it’s late summer, so the leaves had already started to drop before the hurricane.  She is still beautiful and strong enough to support this lady bug.

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When fall gets underway and more leaves drop, I’ll be keeping this mimosa trimmed neatly so there will be no competition with future home improvement projects. If we get flowers, it will be like icing on the cake. The photo below is from another mimosa in the backyard in springtime.

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Mimosa flowers smell wonderful!

 

My husband made cross sections of the old mimosa trunk to turn into art. Here’s an angel I painted on one piece.  You can see more of my angel art at Angels, Mermaids, and Woodwork.

I use only leftover wood on my projects rather than buying new wood. I still feel bad that this mimosa had to be cut, but so glad she grew back! Her old trunk won’t go to waste.

Mimosa Circle Angel (2)

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information visit:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

19 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: The Persistent Mimosa

  1. They are lovely, JoAnna. I remember a cousin having some when I was a child. I was enchanted by the feathery blossoms, and asked my mother if we could get some of the trees. She complained that they were too messy.
    Anyhow this post is like a lovely stroll this morning. I’m glad to know you are okay after Dorian. Hugs.

    • Thanks, Teagan. Enchanted is exactly how I feel about mimosa flowers. Maybe you can have one now. They are fast growers. Hugs 🙂

      • That’s good to know. I just relocated this spring (having bought my “high desert” cottage during the winter). Once all the leaves came out, I was sad to see that half my desert willow trees were dead. Now the others are following… Some tree disease, I guess. Anyhow, it’s good to know what grows fast for when I’m able to replace them one day. A quick Google says they grow in Albuquerque. I’m farther south, but worth investigating. Hugs back.

  2. “I call it prolific. I admire their strength and beauty.”
    ~ I call it resilient. Trees, like your mimosa, have so much to teach us about overcoming adversity and thriving once again.

  3. JoAnna, I love mimosa trees. I know they are considered invasive, but my love goes back to my childhood. My grandmother had one in her side yard. I always loved their flowers.

  4. Lovely artwork! Never seen that before.

  5. Oh, SO lovely! I am glad she grew back, too! And what good use of her old bones 🙂

  6. As much as I loved the tree and admired its strength, your painting is out of the world. I have never seen anything so creative and different. It makes me happy that you chose to share this for Thursday Tree Love, JoAnna. It has been a pleasure to have you around. You side of the world is so beautiful and I wish I get to see it some day. ❤
    See you on the 26th!

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  8. Beautiful captures Joanna. Loved the tree , flowers and its greenery.

  9. Beautiful wood art and a great way to reuse and continue to remember your tree! Lovely!

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