Many of you will be familiar with the fact that cherry blossoms are a big thing here in Japan. This is the week for the flowers as they're all in full bloom. I personally love almost anything sakura (except cake - tried about three different types and they were all too sweet, yuck), but before Spring truly arrives (think February), the plum blossoms have a brief, but spectacular season of their own.
Often forgotten and hidden in the shade of their more famous cousins, I personally think plum blossoms are prettier and more fragrant.
In fact, this year, I bought a miniature plum tree of my own, just to bask in their beauty just a little bit longer. And also so I didn't have to share my viewing space with anyone else. ^^)b
|From tiny buds... これから...|
|To full blossoms! こんなに綺麗になった～|
|Well on its way to...|
|...brief but splendid glory.|
And then there's plum trees "in the wild"...
Which do you prefer, sakura or ume? ^^