Sunday, February 08, 2009

Ume blossoms are starting to bloom

ume tree in the park
I found this ume tree in a park yesterday.
Ume (Prunus mume) is known as "Ume","Japanese apricot" or "chinese plum" in English.
It is one of typical blossom in spring in Japan.
Ume blooms earlier than cherry blossom.

ume blossoms
North wind blows and it is is still cold.
But the blossoms tell me the spring is approaching to here in funabashi.


Sherry said...

Nobu, once this tree visited my morning dreams. It sprouted through my bedroom ceiling, and apricot gold parakeets were on it's branches, the blooms were apricot, golden , too, and the birds were singing, and it was one of, if not the most beautiful dream I have ever had, so peaceful.

It was maybe last spring, I am not sure of the time, but I have a note of it somewhere..

Oh, I could use this dream every day.

Thank you for this photo.

mirage said...

I can't wait! I love ume and sakura, im always waiting at that time that they bloom!

Babooshka said...

The firstt Cherry Blossom is so sweet

valeria said...

It's so lovely. But, is it a plum or an apricot?!?

PS/ funny thing, the verification word I have to type is " HYPLUM"!

Scot said...

I'm always fascinated when the Japanese plum starts to bloom. It makes the world seem more peaceful and serene. Do you have any pictures of pink ume blossoms? Would love to take a look.

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