Myths, symbols, & folklore
Plum tree: "Because its early flowers appear on a leafless tree, it is a symbol in the Far East of spring, youth, and purity. The plum is sometimes understood in psychoanalytic dream interpretation as a female sexual symbol." (Herder)
I went for a walk yesterday afternoon, and all of the plum trees are in bloom. The flowers are a delicate pink against the dark bole and branches, and they smell absolutely divine - sweet. The daffodils are also blooming, as are the camelias, almond trees, and tulip magnolias. February in the Bay Area is one of the best times of the year.