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.