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18 April 2006 @ 09:47 pm
"he would eventually like to go into business selling exotic fish"  
Once upon a time when I lived in a house covered in pea soup colored aluminum siding, there was a neighbor down the street who had a flowering tree in his front yard. I do not know what kind of tree it was, but it was the sort seen in pictures and landscaping catalogues. The petals were purple at their base, then blended into a warm white ... they always felt heavy, and they had a waxy scent to them. They were also very delicate, and when they fell, the slightest brush against the concrete would bruise them. When they had been trod upon too many times, they turned the same brown as an old leaf.

In the spring, my friend and I would collect as many petals as we could. The neighbor was happy, of course, as he didn't have to pay us to clean up his lawn. We were thrilled, for we walked away with plastic grocery bags full of these temporary treasures. They rotted in the garage and were soon thrown away, yet we never seemed to mind, and we went back year after year!

There are a lot of these trees in New City, and I sometimes have to resist the urge to clamber into people's yards and pick up as many petals as I can carry.
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proctorsilexproctorsilex on April 19th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
there's a tree that puts out flowers that are purple at the base trailing off towards white at the end. the petal is one piece the whole way around, i think. it produces walnut shaped pods that each contain hundreds of tiny white seeds that easily blow in the wind. the leaves of the tree are very large heart-like shapes and covered in a soft fuzz on the under side.

i've tried growing that tree from seeds before, but all that i got were weeds. other people thought that they were weeds too, but after a couple of years of trying, i realized that the weeds would eventually become small trees. then, all my trees died. i suck at horticulture.

i think it has queen or princess in the name.
ex_erikadoor819 on April 19th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I love tulip trees [which is what Anne is talking about]. Liriodendron tulipifera. Even the scientific name is fun to say.
Giang (yang)cometeoraine on April 21st, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Are you talking about one of the many varieties of magnolias, such as the purple aka pink ones?