My Japanese flowering apricot (Prunus mume) and witch hazel are just about finished thanks to the recent deep freezes, but they are still blooming a little bit and it seemed a shame not to allow them to strut their stuff for Bloom Day, even if these pictures are from Christmas Eve.
Covered in brown leaves and surrounded by brown Bidens stalks, here is the witch hazel in its garden setting... :) The shrub to the right is a Knockout rose, the plant to the left is a Rose-of-Sharon with lovely double lavender flowers given to me by my mother-in-law, and the evergreen tree is a wax myrtle that wouldn't give up even though it was wacked back a few times. There's all sorts of garden oops in this picture, since the witch hazel will one day shade at least part of the Knockout and perhaps all of the Rose-of-Sharon, but when I look at this scenario I try to live in the now. I've started a couple of cuttings from the Rose-of-Sharon in case it is ultimately doomed.
Although the apricot and the witch hazel are almost done, the winter honeysuckle is just starting up.
I wish you could take in the fragrance of these winter bloomers. Like many winter bloomers they are highly fragrant. The Prunus mume smells like Dianthus (cotton candy and clove), the witch hazel smells like Fruit Loops and the winter honeysuckle has a sharp sweet lemony essence. On warm winter days they are abuzz with honeybees.
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