March 16, 2015

Plum Blossoms

It's really spring when the plum trees bloom. Each year I mark the date here on my blog. This year the blossoms began to open on the afternoon of 3/12. The buds were swollen and ripe in the morning. I had to leave for a few hours for a meeting, and when I returned they were open and glowing in the sunshine.

The yellow plum blossoms began blooming the next day (below). That's blossoms on the yellow plum tree, not yellow blossoms!

Our one blue plum tree has never bloomed nor produced a single fruit. It's very disappointing.

Just for my own records, this is the list of blooming dates.

Keeping track helps me to know when to expect the flowers to bloom, and gives me the hope of spring. I enjoy knowing that season will follow season in their time.

Just as suddenly as the blossoms open, the bees appear. There's a noisy buzzing in the orchard as they fly from flower to flower, more of them than I can count. Spent blossoms fall to the ground on the breeze like snowflakes.

The poeticus daffodils have broken ground this week as well. These are the last daffodils to bloom in spring; it seems like I have to wait forever for the flowers. All of my neighbors have large patches of this variety too, and in late spring as we drive down our country roads we can see patches here and there that must mark old home sites.

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  1. Wow! What a display! What a good idea to keep track year after year! Thank you for sharing this on The Maple Hill Hop!

  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:18 PM

    Thank you, Daisy. There are more flowers than usual this year - I hope we have a bumper crop of plums!

  3. I love that you have recording the blooming dates! And your photos are lovely! Thank you for sharing your homesteading inspiration with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays each week! :)

  4. What a beautiful tree and look at all those blooms!! Amazing! Our trees are a bit confused, with all this warm, cold, warm weather they aren't sure what to do. I am starting to see some blooms wanting to open, but not quite there. I love that you keep record of your blooms, very close in dates throughout the years.

    You have a lovely blog. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings, Amy

  5. I really enjoy spring when all the trees start to bloom. They are beautiful and such a promise of things to come. We have an apple tree outside our kitchen window and I enjoy the blooms on that from where I work. We are heading into autumn now and I enjoy that season as well. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  6. So gorgeous. I am in still very snow filled New ENgland, so the idea of spring is just a fleeting thought this month. I remember a plum tree in my yard as a kid and I definitely remember a plum or two growing on it. Over time, it died because no one cared about it and I planted a crab apple in its place. I hadn't thought of what those pretty plum flower looked like until I saw this. I remember the smell right now! THanks for the little trip down memory lane!!

  7. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead1:59 PM

    Joanna, isn't the scent heavenly? I noticed it the other evening when we came home and I opened the gate - I could smell flowers!!

  8. Such a pretty little flower! I bet they smell wonderful! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

  9. Gorgeous photos! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  10. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead11:24 AM

    Thank you, Kathy! I am honored to be featured, you always have such lovely entries.

  11. So pretty! I do the same thing with my weeping cherry tree! Every year I take a picture and write down the date. The flowers are kind of similar....

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll join us again this week!



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