Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Double Flowering Almond



Last year, a heavy rain shower carried off the delicate blooms on my Double Flowering Almond before I had much of a chance to take any pictures. 

So when I noticed yesterday afternoon that it had come into flower, I grabbed my camera as soon as we finished super, and ran out in to the garden determined not to miss it another opportunity.


The Almond is a bit battle-scared and misshapen having once served as a winter food source for some unknown animal and possibly the possum whose bleached, white skull I discovered one spring peaking out from under the garden shed.


It is a tall V-shaped shrub with stiff upright branches, as you see here. 


Now about 5 years old, it stands about 6 feet tall and is about 5 feet at its widest point.


As afternoon quickly became evening, the last of the sun's rays seemed to catch and hold 
on the soft, pink petals.



32 comments:

  1. Oh Jennifer those blooms on your Flowering Almond are just gorgeous.

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  2. Oh, they're so very beautiful! I wish my peep would grow me something as pretty as that but... well... you know what they say... good help is hard to find!

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  3. Wonderful and beautiful - I´m in such a envy! :-)

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  4. Absolutely beautiful :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. It's so beautiful to Jennifer. I am pleased you were on time to get the flowers so great captured. I hope you can enjoy the flowers a little bit longer.

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  6. Very beautiful, the first image looks like a painting.

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  7. Hi Jennifer
    My favourite shots are the ones where the afternoon sun is shining through the petals - pure magic!
    Astrid

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  8. What a pink delight! Feminine and shy, but showy and assertive. Just beautiful!

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  9. What a perfectly lovely flower. I don't think you can go wrong with a pink flower. It looks especially stunning against the clear blue sky.

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  10. I had flowering almond in my first house, such memories. I am not sure why I do different things in each house, need to plant some of the things I used to love.

    Eileen

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  11. I also had a flowering almond in my first real garden. I always loved it's puffy pink flowers. Thanks for the reminder of what a beautiful shrub this is.

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  12. Little wonder you were determined to catch some photos of this plant. What blooms!

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  13. Oh that last photo! Wonderful. I had a flowering almond once, at one of our homes in the past, but it was a disappointment because of it's short lived blooms, as you mention. Still...it was a beauty, just like yours is.

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  14. Oh Jennifer! I love flowering almonds! thank you for the gorgeous shots of them
    xox

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  15. What stunning photos. Such a pretty tree, I'm sure I've never seen one before.

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  16. I don't have one of these plants, but there are several examples of them in the countryside nearby still blooming long after the old farmhouse where they were planted is gone and returned to earth.

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  17. Your almond is such a star. I love how that plant in bloom shines no matter where it's placed. Mine never fails to make me smile.

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  18. Breathtaking! I've never seen a double-flowering almond before - did not know they could be so beautiful.

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  19. This is exquisite. I have always wanted one of these...I tried planting one once and sadly it didn't make it, yours is georgous, what a wonderful treat when it blooms.

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  20. Lovely, lovely pink ! So soft , so fragile ! I love the first photograph because it looks like a painting and I also love the third one, with the clusters of flowers..they look like as though they are made of soft tissue paper. And the other pictures are delightful to look at because of the sun rays filtering through each petal...awesome photography !

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  21. I'm so glad you posted this, its lovely. I can now confirm that the ID other bloggers gave me for my tiny plant is definately a flowering almond. Lovely images too, the light is lovely as it goes down. Christina

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  22. Lola shared a piece of her flowering almond shrub, I hope mine gets to be as large as your someday! Love your photos.

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  23. So incredibly gorgeous!! I love those pink flowers! Does it smell good, too?

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    1. Tammy, Sadly, a Double Flowering Almond does have one major character flaw: it has no discernible fragrance.

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  24. Oh my goodness ~ you've photographed it SO beautifully Jennifer. As you did last year making me want it (see, the rain didn't carry away all the blooms then ~ you still had enough for a picture to make me run to the greenhouse!)
    I hope you get to enjoy it for a long while ~ at 6' it must make quite a statement. My new one is lovely even at only 2' tall so I'm imagining...

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  25. Beautiful!! I've just discovered your lovely blog and I'm now following ~ so nice to meet you!
    Best,
    Anne ♥♥

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  26. I've seen flowering almonds only in catalogs and always read the descriptions with longing. Does it smell as heavenly as I imagine? Is it fairly easy to grow? If the answer is yes to both questions, I really want to make room for one here. I love the smell of almonds, and from your photos, it's obviously a beautiful shrub.

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    1. Rose, It has been very easy to grow, but sorry, it has no fragrance.

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  27. The flowering almond is a stunner. I love all of the blooms and especially the last photo with the sun shining through the pink petals. You were wise to get outside and take the photos while you could...and share them here.

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  28. Very pretty bloom. I have never actually seen almond flower close-up.Almond tree does well here and it marks the end of winter when its bloom. You can tell we have very mild winter here.

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