Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blooming Friday ~ still Prunus mume


After 7 weeks, the Prunus mumes are still blooming! The remaining buds are reluctant to open because of the continued cold, but a few on the P. mume in the big perennial bed are opened just enough to release their perfume. The fragrance is spicier than that of the tree by the mailbox.

 

 

 

The tree by the mailbox still has flowers, although it's not as full as it was before.
 


 

 


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

38 comments:

  1. Wow. Great pictures. I'm going to have to look this one up.

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  2. This is an amazing tree! What a treat to have these lovely blossoms in winter.

    Enjoyed your "snow birds." Did you participate in the Great American Bird Count?

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  3. Great pictures. I have nothing blooming yet. I am so ready for spring.

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  4. Seven weeks of such beauty. Spring does enjoy herself, doesn't she :)

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  5. Hi Sweet Bay~~ Dazzling photos! My pink flower fix has been met, thanks to you!

    I'm glad you posted these photos because I had a sneaking suspicion I was seeing two street side P. mume trees in town. My next garden [?] will have one of these beauties.

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  6. Wow!
    This is just what I long for :)

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  7. Even if they decreased in number it still looks lovely. Can you send some scent through the air so i can sniff it, hmmm. BTW, i love the 3rd photo most. thanks.

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  8. Your wonderful Prunus is the flowers everlasting? Have a nice and lovely week end, dear Sweet bay!

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  9. New to me tree...lovely blooms!

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  10. What a lovely tree! Looks like a Japanese painting.

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  11. So beautiful! I think I enjoy the photos of the early blooming trees the best of all because I don't like being out in the cold to see them much. I hope you can enjoy this "warm" snap we're fixing to have:)

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  12. Oh, this is an amazing tree!
    Wonderful images...Happy Blooming Friday..Luna

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  13. What a beauty! The added fragrance is super!

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  14. It seems so early for them to be blooming. Do you have pollinators already.

    What I wouldn't give for just a whiff of their fragrance.
    Marnie

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  15. Wow, 7 weeks! That's some bloom! The only expressions I can come up with are right out of Deadwood, so I'll stop here! :)

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  16. In Holland they are in bloom as well! It looks very pretty. Have you cut some branches to put in a vase?

    Good weekend!

    Madelief

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  17. They are amazingly long flowering - a real bonus.

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  18. Thank you for your comments everyone!

    Rose due to the weather and other things going on, I was only able to participate for one day. I don't have feeders set up and my binoculars (the 4th set in 20 years -- I tend to go through them) are useless, so it's difficult to get a good count from the house.

    Lillabeth the P. mume is everlasting this year!

    littlewing -- yes, finally a dry and relatively warm spell of weather. :)

    Marnie, the normal bloom time for this tree in my area is anywhere from Dec. to Feb. When it's warm enough for the flowers to open up it's also warm enough for the bees to come out, although freezes often catch the flowers before they can set fruit.

    Madelief I have brought cut branches inside, when I was afraid that cold would cut down even the buds. (So far in 6 or so years that has not yet happened.) They are outstanding in a vase.

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  19. I am convinced~~Now to find an online store to order this beauty! gail

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  20. They are just so pretty! I can't believe how lucky you are to have them blooming for so long. No wonder you love them so much.

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  21. A tree with nothing else except buds and flowers... what a beauty! ~bangchik

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  22. Oh sweetbay, I'm so envious of your NC climate;-) My mom left NC last yr. and now lives in DE (where they have lots of snow, like us, here in VA)!! She had a lovely garden in NC. What a beautiful tree...the blooms are gorgeous. Would love to see a few of those in my yard right now!

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  23. I adore that shrub! And i so wish I had a specimen growing here!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend

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  24. Oh so pretty; I think I saw some of those in Charleston this weekend.

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  25. These lovely pictures made my heart sing! I can hardly wait for spring!

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  26. I am so delighted to see your blooming tree. Pretty pink flowers blooming without any leaves and in winter too. I really can't believe it. Wow!

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  27. That tree is a keeper! Such a long bloom and great spring color brighten my day!

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  28. I can't believe my eyes. Such lovely flowers blooming in the middle of the winter! Enchanting.
    And I do like your birdphotos in your previous posts. So very good.
    And thank you for visiting my blog and the kind words you wrote there.

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  29. Mine is still blooming too. I can see it when I turn onto my street almost a quarter mile away like a mirage in the winter landscape.

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  30. Breathtaking flowers on this cold, wintery day here in the mountains. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. What lovely photos. I just love branches with blooms and no leaves. That just represents spring to me.

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  32. Those pink blooms really brighten up the winter!

    I don't think I've had my camera outdoors more than once or twice since November.

    Cameron

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  33. Oh, I'm getting sick looking at all these gorgeous pink blooms when there is absolutely nothing but snow outside here! Fabulous photos Sweet Bay. I'm looking forward to the day I can walk around my yard without boots.

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