The weirdly warm weather over Christmas brought out a lot of the buds on the Japanese apricot and winter honeysuckle.
The flowers are all along even the main branches, even the interior of the tree, and the trunk, like a redbud. The cool pink of the flowers is closest to the color in real life. The golden light of late afternoon lights up the flowers and can make them look coral on camera, even though they really aren't.
The warm temperatures brought out the honeybees too. To get the full effect of the apricot and winter honeysuckle have to be shown with bees! There was buzzing all around the flowers, with the bees moving around so quickly it was hard to capture them with a camera.
This summer I really must remember to try to take cuttings from this tree. It's 15 years old, and Elizabeth Lawrence wrote that these trees are good for about 20 years, and I LOVE this tree.
I have remarked on here that I find witch hazel to be a combination of Fruit Loops and a crisp clean smell, and that winter honeysuckle has a strong sweet lemony edge. This year I found that the winter honeysuckle smelled like Fruit Loops too. The cold blast this week will likely finish off the witch hazel and apricot, but probably not the honeysuckle. It's the longest blooming shrub in my garden, typically blooming from December through April.