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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ABC Wednesday: K is for kolkwitzia


My kolkwitzia amabilis won't begin blooming until late April unless it's early this year as other flowers have been. I picked shots from late April 2010 and late April 2011 for this post.
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According to Wikipedia, kolkwitzia amabilis originated in Central China. It was named for Richard Kolkwitz, a Professor of Botany in Berlin (1901 to 1938) and in 1954 he became a Professor of Botany at the Free University of Berlin. He died in 1956 at the age of 83. A devise used to determine the quantity of cells and cell aggregates of phytoplankton, the Kolkwitzhammer, was also named after him.
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28 comments:

Judy said...

I have not seen this before, it's so pretty.

aka Penelope said...

I might have stumbled onto this plant in the past and been completely unaware of its association with Professor Kolkwitz. How wonderful it must be to have a plant named after you. Forever growing and never forgotten! Great choice for the letter "K" on a spring day. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting informations!I love the second picture!
Léia

photowannabe said...

A lovely flower with a most unusual name.
Our flowers have bloomed quite early this year too.

Roger Owen Green said...

pretty flowers. not at all kinky.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

How beautiful...looks like the plant grows quite tall.

Leslie
abcw team

Meryl said...

I just love spring flowers... the color, the scents (often). I can never remember their names (except maybe daffodils), but just love them.

Have a great week!

Luna Miranda said...

i haven't seen this flower before! gorgeous!

jane said...

A very pretty shrub and very good shots - is it a scented shrub I wonder - have a lovely week = Jane UK

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowering tree.

Jaime Clark said...

I have never seen this flowering tree before and it is spectacular - what a thing to look forward to in the Springtime!

Jane and Chris said...

I haven't seen this before....love the inside of the petals.
Jane x

Paula Scott said...

I can't even say that name! The flowers look much like the ones on a desert willow tree.

Mar said...

Me neither, I do not know how to pronounce this name. Gorgeous flowers, Carver, beautiful choice for k.

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ChrisJ said...

Beautiful flower. Horrendous name. Imagine being in kindergarten and having to learn to spell that!

Mama Zen said...

Pretty!

Jama said...

They are so pretty!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful, delicate and intricate flowers. I daon't blame them for waiting for the weather to be warmer to bloom.

chubskulit said...

Such beautiful blooms you have.

Korean Souvenir
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team said...

Now thats called being popular long after you are gone !!

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

caite said...

that second shot is fantastic!

Hazel said...

Kolkwitzia - learned a new word today. I love the yellow in the middle. They are pretty flowers.

Annie said...

I've never seen this plant before. It's gorgeous. Very tropical looking blossoms. Love your photos!

John said...

Exotic.

KISS

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely bush! I love them and have two in my gardens. I think yours will bloom a long time before mine do, though. :))

Rambling Round said...

Not familiar with this flower, but it's pretty!

KM said...

Pretty flowers in bloom :)

Nydia said...

Such beautiful flowers, how lucky to have them at your place! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.

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