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More plum blossom

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Plum blossom

Plum blossom

I thought by the time my twigs from the plum tree would open that the rain would stop and let me get out into the garden.  Not so.

Plum tree blossom

Plum tree blossom

Even the plum tree outside has started to flower and still it hasn’t stopped raining.  The first flower has appeared on the ninth of February, the apricot too has opened its first flowers. They are a month earlier in opening than last year.

The temperatures are mild but not mild enough to allow the bees to come and forage on the flowers for any length of time.  Are they going to miss their usual feast?

I just have to appreciate the plum blossom inside.  It is strongly scented with an unmistakable base of bitter almond.  Plums and almonds are related, both of them belonging to the genus Prunus .  It may not be obvious from their fruits but the perfume of the plum blossom is a give away.

The Mason bee nest construction continues indoors but I have also some time to test out the camera on the peach flowers in the vase.

Plum Blossom 50 mm

Plum Blossom 50 mm

My Canon 50 mm gives me clear shots of the blossom if I crop it.  My blossom is practically white and only the buds are pink tinged.

Plum blossom close

Plum blossom close

I am trying to get closer in to the flowers so I have reversed the 50 mm lens here.

Opening blossom

Opening blossom

I like to see the arrangement of the stamens as the flowers open.

The uncut version

The uncut version

With my lens reversed I get close enough to avoid having to crop.

Panasonic version of plum flower

Panasonic version of plum flower

This is taken with my old Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ18 which can get really close up.  Not bad for a point and shoot camera that will probably cost just over £100.

Comparable Canon crop

Comparable Canon crop

I can get about as close by cropping the Canon 50 mm photograph by a huge amount.  I would say value for money the Panasonic Lumix is the winner.

Stop Press – my twig cuttings of our sole peach tree have just started to blossom.

Peach blossom

Peach blossom

But it’s still raining!

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Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

21 thoughts on “More plum blossom

  1. Great to have so much blossom, Neither plum, apricot or peaches are flowering here yet. But that is very early for the apricot will you get fruit do you think? I use a Lumix too, they really do have the very best zoom macro on any camera, including very expensive SLR’s, a great discovery for me because I bought it for it’s wide angle capabilities which also beat most other digital cameras. It only fails for me with night photography. Christina

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    • We have had so much rain, which must be a treat for out fruit trees and it has been mild. However, it is too early for the flowers and I am just waiting for a cold snap to carry off the apricot, peach and early plum flowers. It’s not the fruit that bothers me so much its the food that will be lost to all the bees around here.

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  2. The photos are beautiful. I thought my blossom was too early last year and the first of the blossom opened in the rain but I ended up with a good crop of fruit; somehow.

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  3. Those stamen are just mesmerizing! It must be amazing to be a bee! I hope it stops raining for you soon.

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  4. LOvely shots of the blossom. Interesting that the Lumix is so good. We have had some sunshine this week at last although there us no warmth in it yet. Still had to scrape the windscreen this morning. The February daffs clearly think it is still January!

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  5. Rain can get old…although it is most welcome to quiche dry earth too many days of it is well…too many.

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  6. I like seeing any flowers at this time of year, Those are nice macros of the blossoms and I agree that it’s hard to beat a Lumix. That’s what I use for macro shots-a Lumix DMC-527.

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  7. Okay, I’m headed out right now to prune off a couple of peach branches. I can force them indoors and then enjoy them twice.

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  8. Nice shots but I think this is all a very subtle lead in to a request for a decent macro.

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  9. Stunning macro Amelia! Really beautiful shots.

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  10. I’m glad you like them. I enjoyed taking them.

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  11. I liked your comparison of the Panasonic point and shoot and your Canon. Sometimes my 4-year-old Nikon point and shoot takes better macro pictures than my Nikon DSLR since I do not have a macro lens for it. It can also depend on the lighting too. Nonetheless, great shots!

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