Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The popularity of cherry blossoms in Japan is well known. Though that particular season is not yet upon us, the just-as-pretty plum trees began flowering a couple of weeks ago.
This afternoon I stopped to sniff a low branch of pale pink ume flowers only to realize that they smell like chiclets! And in that pleasant moment in the peaceful cemetery, I realized that I much prefer plum to cherry trees just because they don't cause as much of a brouhaha.
Spring is upon us here - things have begun to bud & bloom and *$!* allergy season has started! There are some blooming now that have strong scents, don't know what they are. I do know that something smells like dog pee though. Of course maybe it's actually pee and not the flowers!