Springtime in the Orchard

Plum Trees in Bloom 
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In the early spring, the plum trees in the orchard at the Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens are among the first to emerge from their long winter nap with a fantastic display of fragrant white flowers. It is simply fantastic - one day the trees look like barren sticks, and the next day they are covered with flowers.

From a distance, these trees, some of which were planted in 1984, are snowy white and covered with fragrant blossoms that shimmer in the southeast breezes.
Plum Trees in Bloom 
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As you come closer, you become aware of a constant humming that grows louder and louder with each step, for the trees are completely engulfed in swarms of delighted bees and butterfiles feasting on the sweet nectar and pollen. It is wonderful, and the fragrance is so strong that it makes you wish to become a bee or butterfly, if only for a moment, to more fully appreciate the beauty and bounty of these wonderful trees. I could stand for hours, slightly downwind, letting their fragrance and beauty overwhelm my senses. Even the bees don't seem to mind my intrusion into their world, because they too are captivated by the fragrance and quickly pass me by on their way to the next flower.
Peach Trees in Bloom 
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Although the plum trees are among the first to bloom, the peaches are not far behind. We have planted several varieties with different chilling hour requirements, so we are treated to a nearly constant display of beautiful peach blossoms from late February into early April. It always makes me stop in wonder and amazement when I these beautiful trees covered with their delicate pink blossoms. Somehow, I suspect that the bees and butterflies are at least as impressed as I am by their beauty, but these little creatures are far to excited and busy to pause in admiration as I do.

Last updated 03/23/2001