Plum Blossom Herbal Tea
Plum Blossoms! In Japanese culture, February denotes the time for the delicate and long awaited plum blossom. The plum is an early blooming tree that blossoms despite the cold weather. It is one of the three friends of winter, with bamboo and pine. I haven't seen any plums blooming around here yet, but it may be blooming in the protected shelter of the Japanese or Chinese gardens. The DH (dear hubby) brought in these plum branches so that they would bloom in February for me (Awww!)
Both plum and cherry blossoms are common in Japanese arts and crafts. A rule of thumb for telling them apart is that cherry blossoms have a little notch in the end of the flower petal while plum blossoms do not. I believe the motif in the teapot below is plum (no notch). If anyone thinks differently, please tell me.