One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Catalpa

Catalpa-1

Catalpa-Leaves

Catalpa-3

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Comments on: "Catalpa" (6)

  1. Don’t stop this beautiful series, ok or at least 3 or 4 sequels. :-

    Martin, are you campaigning for an all-catalpa blog? I’m not sure how long I could sustain that. I think they only bloom for a short time, and now that the rain’s back, the blossoms seem a little melty. But I’ll look in the morning! ; )

  2. Very nice. Especially love the texture in the leaves.

    They’re such big leaves, too: quite dramatic. I love looking at this tree, actually, in all the different seasons. Great birding spot, too, since its mid-section on a level with the deck.

  3. Ah, the catalpa. I recall you mentioning the orchid-like flowers. It is very pretty.

  4. would that grow in zones 2-3? that’s where i’m located in the gardening zones. we have to have hearty plants. *sigh* there are so many lovely plants i’d adore having but that wouldn’t survive our winters (and i don’t dig up plants in the fall, if they can’t live through winters here i don’t plant them).

    I don’t think they would do well up there. Those were my zones in NYS before moving here and I’d never seen such a tree. They also call them “cigar trees” because of the way their long seedpods hang down in the fall (I guess that’ll be one of those sequel posts Martin was getting at). And this tree stands taller than our house, so good luck toting it inside for your Canadian winter. ; )

  5. Wow, those are amazing! So intricate and pretty!

  6. Beautiful! They look like orchids!

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