08 April 2008

Scent of Plum Blossoms

In order wise, the Plum trees bloom before Sakura trees do, which means, Sakura requires a warmer climate to get the signal of Spring. And yes, we are appreciating the Plum blossoms at the moment...

I was reluctant to share these pictures that I took last week, cos I felt that they were not well taken. Had plans to take better ones another blue-sky day, but an angry rain that's heading our way is forecasted to last for 3 days! I reckon that the blossoms may be badly affected, so allow me to share now...



Upon first look, one may have difficulty telling Plum flowers and Sakura flowers apart, especially when some of the Sakura species look so alike to those of Plum's. Let me share a few facts as we walk on...


The Plum blossom is over when Sakura blooms, so there's little chance of getting confused between the two. Plum blossoms
are sparsely spaced apart, while Sakura's are usually condensed so Sakura trees do look a lot larger in volume indeed.

Plum blossoms are white or dark pink, Sakura's are mildly toned in variations of pink but never too shocking. While Plum blossoms are nicely scented, I hardly smell anything from Sakura.



Plum trees produce the plum fruit which is edible, the Sakura do not. The flowers of Plum last longer for slightly more than 2 weeks, fading away starting from first blooms. Sakura bursts into bloom, and fade away all at once, within a week!


I think the Plum blossoms are just as loveable too, though they are not considered classy flowers like Sakura. It's amazing how sweetly scented is the breeze by the Plum blossoms, so I really love standing beside the trees and wait for the wind.

I hope you'd like what I've shared today. =)


9 comments:

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

I think they are defenitely stunning photos!! and thank you for the explanation of the differences as I really didn't know.
I appreciate so much your posts and your photos!
Hugs
Silvia

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

OK, these are stunning!!! WOW... that's what I love about coming here. I'm learning so much that I did not know before. I wish they made computers so that you could smell the blossoms. That would be neat.
Thanks. These really are lovely!

Jade said...

Hmmm, does "suan mei" comes from plum blossom too? Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing and explaining the differences between plum and cherry blossom. =)

On 2nd tot, how come cherry blossom dun produce cherries? =P

bp said...

These are great shots, Stardust! Thanks for sharing, and for your detailed explanation of how one plant is different from the other!

How I'll love to have a whiff of Plum Perfume! =)

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Thank you honey for the wishes!!
A big hug!!
Silvia

Mandy said...

beautiful blossoms! You are making me envious!

Piggy said...

silly me! i always thought that plum blossom and sakura are the same thing... ;-) thanks for the informative post and the lovely pics...

Stardust said...

Hi Silvia,
Thank you for dropping by! I appreciate your visit too. Hugs to you too. =)


Hey Michele,
It'll be truly neat indeed if the scent can be sent across. I wonder if this will happen in my lifetime. =D


Hi Jade,
The sour plum that we have may be different from the ones in Japan. I heard that there are several species of plum trees too. Your ' 2nd thought ' sounds cute. ;)


Hi Mandy,
I'm sure you have a nice Spring in Atlanta too. Oh, and I'm always envious of your baking, drool...

Hi Piggy,
I think many would have mixed them up too. Even I myself may not be able to tell them apart straight. =P

Stardust said...

Hi Silvia,
Thank you for dropping by! I appreciate your visit too. Hugs to you too. =)


Hey Michele,
It'll be truly neat indeed if the scent can be sent across. I wonder if this will happen in my lifetime. =D


Hi Jade,
The sour plum that we have may be different from the ones in Japan. I heard that there are several species of plum trees too. Your ' 2nd thought ' sounds cute. ;)


Hi Mandy,
I'm sure you have a nice Spring in Atlanta too. Oh, and I'm always envious of your baking, drool...

Hi Piggy,
I think many would have mixed them up too. Even I myself may not be able to tell them apart straight. =P