Plants I'm Growing: White Flowering Plum (December 22, 2014)
The white flowering plum tree (Prunus mume) behind the house and the tiny cyclamen, Cyclamen coum, are always the first plants to bloom in the new year (I count late December flowers in the following calendar year). This year the plum began blooming on December 22, just before Christmas. It is wonderfully fragrant. I love the scent as much as the blossoms. The little cyclamen--the flower stalks stand only about 3 inches high--began blooming on December 30. Happy New Year.