Flowering plum – Mei Hua 梅花 – is symbol of nobility and one of the “three friends of winter” along with pine and bamboo. It also is a messenger of spring on its way and the promise of warmer weather and more blossoms to come. We are all looking forward to that after our long, cold and rainy winter. The plum trees along the Welcome Garden pathway are blooming somewhat late this year, and many buds are still tight. If you come for a walk in the next week or two, you likely will see many more of these delicate and beloved blossoms.