Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blooming Friday ~ One Tough Cookie


Prunus mume on Thursday Jan 28th when the weather was warm, sunny and beautiful.












On Jan 30th, after at least 2" of snow and sleet

The flowers look a little worse for wear, but temps down to 25 degrees won't kill them.




So spring-like


in comparison to this, just down the driveway. The apple trees will be
sleeping for at least another 6 weeks, and the crape myrtles until May.


15 degrees on Sunday night did kill most of the flowers,
but not the buds. This is the tree in the big perennial bed


and this is the tree by the mailbox.


The flowers have been long-lasting in a vase. The flowers were picked midday on Sunday and I took these pictures on Wednesday. They smell so sweet too.


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


28 comments:

  1. Wow, how blessed are your with these beauties. Sigh! Those are wonderful photos SweetBay. The layer of snow in the fields is pretty, with apples and crepe myrtles waiting on spring.

    Enjoy your bit of paradise.

    FlowerLady

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  2. Your prunus are amazingly durable! With the buds still hanging on, you'll soon have another round of flowers to bring out the honeybees.
    Beautiful photos!

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  3. Sweetbay,

    You really making me long for the Chickasaw Plums to bloom. I just love the scent of a huge wild patch of them with the seasons first butterflies enjoying them.

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  4. Sweetbay, those pink blooms on your Mume scream spring! Just glorious.

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  5. Gorgeous flowers! Spring can't be far away, thank goodness!

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  6. No wonder you love this tree so much. It looks like Spring blooming like that. I love all of the closeups too, especially with the bees.

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  7. What a nice treat for the bees this time of year. I love the pink flush see through the trees...so promising!

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  8. Stunning photos .... you are so lucky to be surrounded in such beauty.

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  9. Great photos you have there! But i personally love the full tree photo. What are Prunus mume, apricots or plums. I wish i can smell them too.

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  10. Oh, sweetest bay how lovely! How fortunate that the buds lived throu the cold night. Thank you for sharing! Have a nice week end!

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Loved the bee shots...beautiful!

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  12. What uplifting color! It's amazing the flowers didn't die that first night, and I'm glad the buds survived even colder temps. I love forcing blooms--forsythia is always the first around here. I used to cut a few branches from some shrubs at a nearby apartment complex which were always scraggly-looking and unpruned... until they trimmed them all into meatballs one year. ARG! I have two forsythia myself but had to hard prune them back a ton so I could move both to (hopefully) sunnier locations last year. Doubt that either will have yellow blooms this year.

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  13. Great photos....I am just so embarrassed that I have a little silk tree that looks just like that. I wish it was the real thing. Stunning.
    Rosey

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  14. It's so nice to see the bees out and about. Spring is SO near...Love that pink!

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  15. Such pretty little flowers and what tough little guys. Maybe I'll try forcing a flowering tree branch this spring.
    Marnie

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  16. Beautiful photos. They make me long for spring. Thank you for posting, they made my day.

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  17. They are beautiful flowers. A lovely contrast to the white snow.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  18. Those shots are so lovely - the beauty of the flowers is extraordinary and I'm so longing for Spring to arrive.
    Happy Blooming Friday!

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  19. Beautiful blossoms, beautiful photos. I particularly like the shots just prior to your apple trees with nothing but bright blue skies and pink blooms.

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  20. aloha,

    what a beautiful photo of your blooms today, they are stunning...thanks for sharing and have a great friday!

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  21. You have completely out did yourself. Excellent macro work with the bee!

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  22. I am glad you left a comment on my blog, because now I found your blog too. What a beautiful environment you live in! Those branches with blossoms are so pretty!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  23. Amazing, they survived both snow and your cold temperatur. They are still as beautiful as ever :)

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  24. Tough beauties! I love your pictures, Sweet Bay! Those bees... I want to touch them!

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  25. Hi Sweetbay... love this prunus! To think you have honey bees awake now! You have some beautiful photos here!! I have linked to you at my bee post today. ;>)

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  26. Thank goodness they're a tough cookie. They were so pretty, I hated to think you'd lose them (when you shared them earlier). Glad to see that wasn't the case. Gorgeous photos too.

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