Holler Oddities~

Ghost ranches, buried old cars, coyote packs, a former free range Ankole Watusi bull, The Holler is definitely an odd place, which is why we fit in so well!

Take this thorny tree for example. It is a Silk Floss tree and is about 50 feet tall.

This time of year it is covered in plate sized cotton poofs.

The poofs develop from large seed pods.

In the fall, the tree drops its leaves and devotes all its energy to producing masses of beautiful blooms.

The Holler abuts a large nature preserve and is built on very old orchards. Back in the day, orchard workers lived on site and indulged in their love of exotic plants and trees, many of which are still thriving and producing today.

I often wish I could tell them how much we appreciate living with the beautiful results of their talent and effort.

Cheers to you from the very odd Holler~

233 thoughts on “Holler Oddities~

  1. Fabulous post, Cindy! That tree is fantastic!
    Not the Art Gown I’m working on now, but the one after is inspired by the cottonwood tree. Seems to be a similarity.

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  2. Was für eine seltsame Frucht, die so wundervolle Blüten macht und dann diese riesigen Baumwolle Knäuel macht! Liebe Freundin Cindy, vielen herzlichen Dank für den schönen Bericht.
    Ernst

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    • Ja, es ist ein sehr seltsamer Baum. Es gilt als einer der schönsten Bäume der Welt, wenn es blüht. Es ist mit großen schönen Blüten bedeckt! Ich hoffe du bleibst sicher und gut mein Freund. დ

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  3. What an amazing tree! I have never heard of it, and it’s hard to believe those cotton poofs really grow on it. I looked up the Ankole Watusi bull, and I thought I had seen big Long Horns when we lived in Texas, but nothing like those bulls. How in the world do they hold their heads up? You do indeed have some oddities in the Holler!

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  4. Wow! Those fluffy balls are amazing. I’ve photographed this tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, but I’ve never walked past it when it has the seed pods or balls of fluff on it. I seem to remember the tree was about 20-25 foot high and when in bloom, a sight to behold.

    It had (literally) hundreds of flowers.

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  5. This looks like “kapok”. Lemme see the English name. Yeah. kapok. In Africa we also called it “fromager”. In South America it’s “ceiba”. Do you get those all the way “up north”? (of here?)

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