a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France


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More plum blossom

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!