Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blooming Friday ~ Prunus mume


We've gotten a repreive from the cold temperatures in the last couple of weeks: a lot of rain, but also some warm beautiful sunny days. Good thing, since we're expecting a winter storm tomorrow.

The warmth drew out the Prunus mume blooms. These will likely be stricken by temps in the middle teens in a couple of days, but that happens to winter bloomers. There may still be buds left to continue the show into February. This is the tree in the big perennial bed

and this is my favorite P. mume, near the mailbox.



The weather was so warm it even drew out the Honeybees. It's not unusual to see them foraging in the middle of the winter if we get some warm days.



I love this tree. The flowers are lovely in every stage -- there are flowers in many shades of pink on the tree at once -- and the fragrance is so sweet.
 

 

Thank you to Katarina at roses and stuff for hosting Blooming Friday.

50 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhhh look at your beautiful bloomin' trees. Now those are a sight for winter depressed eyes! Wonderful pictures you took of them too. Now I want some!!!!!

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  2. Amazing and cheery to see blooms and bees out in January. Hope the freeze leaves some blooms to enjoy.

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  3. What cheerful photos! So nice to see the promise of spring this early in the year. :)

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  4. I love seeing all of those pink buds on the bare branches, I hope they don't get zapped by the cold. It's interesting to see a honeybee on one of the flowers. I noticed a bumblebee here today which seemed really early.

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  5. I could feel my breath intake when I saw these beautiful photos! I love to see a bee snuggling into a flower. Gorgeous!

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  6. Oh! what lovely delicate blooms Sweet bay!! Do you ever pick any to bring inside? You might paint them!! ;>) So sweet to see the honey bee and I hope it finds its way back to the hive each day before the cold sets in! Your photos are beautiful as always. Delightful to see for here we had snow showers all day and it is going down into the single digits tonight with wind chills of -8 ... so they say.

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  7. Hi SB~~ Lovely photos. I had a small bonsai-sized Prunus mume but it died. I was sick. Your trees are fabulous and all the nicer with the happy honeybees. I hope the buds will be safe from the storm.

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  8. Hi Sweetbay, i am new here, just saw yours in BF of Katarina's. These flowers are so marvelous, are these the plums? Even the whites of this kind are endearing. True, they are splendid at all stages, thank you. Also as an alternate for your temperate flowers please view my tropical ones. Thank you.

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  9. How wonderful to be able to see that every day. Love your pictures and long for spring, which is aboout two - three months away. Enjoy your week end, Sweet bay. Love!

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  10. What beautiful tree!
    And petals!
    Have a nice Blooming Friday!!
    Hugs..Luna

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  11. They sure are a lovely shade of pink!

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  12. You are living up to your name... that truly is SWEET! I love this shade of pink, I am smitten!
    Rosey

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  13. What a lovely color! Thank you for the bright spot in an otherwise dreary time. :-)--Randy

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  14. How can the bees resist coming out in winter with the fragrance of that tree. When they are in full bloom, you smell them before you see them.

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  15. It seems awfully early. The blooms are so delicate, it will be a shame to see them freeze.
    Marnei

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  16. Beautiful blooms and so full of expectation for spring when...

    This winter storm, is it happening now I wonder?

    Honey bees along with everyone else must be confused.

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  17. Winter flowering plants must be so precious. I love Almond blossoms, they look similar the pink is gorgeous. I hope they stay around for a while and Mr Frost is gentle with them.

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  18. So lovely, Sweet Bay! Blooms like these would surely get me through the winter. And you have honeybees! Wow, it's much too cold here in the winter for the bees to come out.

    I'm taking the Master Gardener class this spring and just had my first session this week on botany. Your last photo could go in a textbook--all the anthers and other parts of the flower are so clear! (And I impressed myself that I knew what they were:))

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  19. Thank you for your comments everybody!

    Carol, I have not picked these, although I should tonight. Elizabeth Lawrence (I learned about these trees from her books) used to cut branches to bring inside. The flowers would make wonderful subjects for painting.

    Andrea, these trees are Japanese Flowering Apricots. The fruits look just like small apricots but are not edible.

    Rob the snow is almost here. The temp was 63 degrees yesterday and we may be looking at lows of 10 this weekend.

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  20. What a gorgeous flower!!!! BTW, I DID get add your blog added to the list of them that I follow. Some people have a place on their blog to click on if you want to "follow this blog" and tha't what I was looking for. Thanks! Your blog is beautiful!

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  21. You've made my day! How utterly delightful!

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  22. They are amazing your small pink flowers, small survivers. I can very well imagen the sweet smell. Japanese apricots, already that name itself appeals to me. Lovely shoots :)

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  23. Sweetbay,
    Back from Belize and now we have 6 inches of snow! Lovely prunus I have never heard of. Do the butterflies attract to it like Chickasaw Plum? Or is it just too early for the butterflies.

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  24. This is a wonderful tree, Sweet Bay, blooming when it does especially. Seeing the bee is a delight, but we do worry for them when the cold comes back. Snow and ice here, very unusual. Hope our bees are safe and dry somewhere. :-)
    Frances

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  25. Sweetbay,
    What beautiful shades of pink on these delicate looking blooms. I just love the early blooms on bare branches. You have captured them just beautifully. :)

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  26. Randy, P. mume blooms too early for the butterflies. Probably too early for anything but Honeybees. It's truly a winter bloomer.

    Frances the bees are hopfeully snug in their hives today. We didn't get as much snow as you -- a couple of inches and then the snow turned to sleet. It's blowing and sleeting now. I don't know if anyone around here keeps bees or if these are from wild hives. I've seen a wild hive in a dead tree on the farm before, but with the mite problem and pop. fluctuations, I don't know if we have any wild hives right now.

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  27. I am speechless! Well not quite - obviously :) But almost. Your pictures are breath-taking. I love them.

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  28. Beautiful photos Sweet Bay. Can I just say how jealous I am of your taste of spring? Blooms and bees?? and pink ones at that! My favorite. If we had a warm up here the poor bees would find absolutely nothing to forage one. Best for them to stay in hibernation! I hope your latest storm isn't too brutal. It would be a terrible shame to have all these buds & blooms frozen back.

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  29. Hello SweetBay,

    I absolutely love that dusty pink shade of color. I bet the bees are excited to see some flowers during the winter so they can collect some pollen.

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  30. Fantastic photos, and what a delight to see the bees feasting in the flower centres. I'm such a long way from bees or outdoor blooms, so I'm a wee bit envious. But also happy for you.
    Thank you for your comment in my current post. Glad that blogging is such a positive experience for you. I know I enjoy when I visit, even if I don't always have time to comment.

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  31. Wow, I had to look back and make sure I landed on your blog in January. Pretty pink blooms. Course today I'm looking at them as we are covered in snow. I'm sure they are gone now.

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  32. Good morning Sweet Bay!
    Oh, you are sending us in the cold North alot of promises of a new spring.
    I love your photos of the pruneblooming in pink!
    Have a nice Sunday,

    AnnA

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  33. The flowers are beautiful - so delicate, yet so hardy to bloom at this time of year. Great to see the bees out and about too!

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  34. Sweetbay,
    I just started blogging about my garden in Mississippi at www.yardflower.com
    My latest post is about my own Prunus mume which is in full glorious bloom right now. Your pictures are great. The only thing that could make our posts better is if we could add a scratch and sniff option to the pictures. I love the scent. It's a sweet spicy cinnamon fragrance. Like most winter bloomers it has to be kind of loud to attract the few pollinators out there.

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  35. If Prunus mume was growing/blooming out by our mailbox, I'd make it my official job to go out and get the mail every day. So very pretty.

    Those Honeybees know a good thing when they see it.

    donna

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  36. wonderful wonderful blooms. I can almost hear the buzz of bees and the feel of spring on the air. I thought that was happening here last week and now it is like winter again.

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  37. 'Sooooo pretty in pink' are my thoughts. It brings us a little closer to spring as it did yesterday; low 50's and sunshine all day yesterday had us raking and trimming fruit trees, preparing the raised vegetable beds.... the work is ahead. ;) Beautiful photos sweetbay.

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  38. I so want this tree/shrub in my garden~The blooms are wonderful and pink! This has to get checked off the list and soon. Thank you for the lovely blooms on this cold day! gail

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  39. Hi Sweetbay--wow, I love that Prunus mume! Are the bees really on it NOW? By the way, I finally did my first set of winter sowing, including the Rosa Setigera you sent me! I will let you know when it sprouts. Yay! :)

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  40. Monica, I'm sure the bees have not ventured out in the last few days. These pictures were taken last Thursday, when it was warm and sunny and in the low '60's. Then we had snow and sleet Friday and Saturday.

    The buds on one of the P. mume have survived. There were still flowers on the one by the mailbox yesterday. We had a very cold night last night though, so it'll be interesting to see if there's anything left on that one later today.

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  41. Seeing your beautiful blooms and bees has made me long for Spring!
    Your warm up must have been delight!
    I bring branches in for forcing every year. I have forced tulips in bloom right now. I NEED flowers when it is cold and gray.
    Stay warm.
    Sherry

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  42. So pretty! So, so, pretty! I can almost smell their fragrance and I don't blame the bees one bit for burying their faces in those flowers!

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  43. I love your array of early blossoms. They are beautiful, especially with the bees. We've got a few out on warm days, too. Thank you for your well wishes.

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  44. What gorgeous blooms! How lucky you are to have such wonderful colour this time of year.

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  45. Hi there sweetbay, this posting has really made me smile… great photos of wonderful blossom… but to see the honey bee out again… what a treat :-D

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