In Osaka Castle, Japan, the garden of Prunus mume cultivars (Japanese apricot, Japanese plum) was flowering. These distinctively pruned small deciduous tree were producing a haze of white and pink flowers. These become highly-scented flowers as they warm in late winter and early spring sunshine and occasionally they are followed by edible but bitter, yellow fruits. Unfortunately I could not read the Japanese cultivar names but they were still beautiful and inspiring the local artists.
Peaches are associated with longevity, immortality & in Chinese mythology, are referenced as divine fruits of the gods. Traditionally, Chinese people eat 寿桃包 Shòutáo bāo (Longevity peach buns) at birthdays to wish the celebrant a long life. The 寿桃包 is a small steamed bun (think soft & light bread) in the shape of a peach; filled with a sweet lotus bean paste.