Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Plum tree

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.


  1. That sounds really nice. I won't go into detail about weather conditions in Pennsylvania, but let's just say it is pretty much the opposite of what you describe. Still, there is something about a fresh snowfall.

  2. True enough. I grew up in Denver, so we got the best of both worlds: lots of sunshine and a four-season climate. I have to admit, though, I do like having spring come in February. On the downside, I can't afford to buy a house, so there are trade-offs!