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Jean Youn: A hardy flower that blooms in winter

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn
Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Do you like flowers? If so, what kind do you like?

The most popular flower in Korea, China, and Japan is what’s called Me-wha.

Its English name is Japanese apricot blossom.

picture of Japanese apricot blossom

If you look at a lot of old Asian art, many are images of Me-wha or Japanese apricot blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums, and bamboo trees.

However, among Me-wha plants, there is a kind that blossoms in the winter time. It is called seol-jung-me. No matter how harsh the winter, this plant’s flowers blossom even underneath winter’s snow.

So as a symbol of overcoming adversity, people have grown particularly fond of this flower.

Even though winter might be bitterly cold and long, people would see this flower and see it as hope that the spring time isn’t all that far off. Also, it also reminds people no matter how tough circumstances might become, like the me-wha flowers that bloom under the cold winter snow, people can also overcome any situation as long as they have hope.

With the intent of inspiring new hope in a new week, I send you the sweet aroma of the me-wha flower.


Jean Youn is the owner of Value Village Cleaners at 912 West Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale 91202. For details on services, coupons and more, check out the Value Village Cleaners website  here.

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