This just in. Matt sends in more lovely flowers from The Met:
I took more time this week on my way in, but I could easily spend all day looking at these flowers; it may have been because there were cherry blossoms - or what appear to be cherry blossoms. It seems a little early, so I am wondering if it isn't another type of flowering tree, even a white plum.
On Monday the arrangements looked like bundles of barren branches, and this is how they appear by Thursday. This is by far one of my most favorite transformations.
We agree. Branches are a lovely animal to have in your home during the winter months. You get to see the magic of Spring's budding over and over again. Have you bought fresh flowers for your home this week? (Thanks, Matt! - more after the jump) MGR
What I also enjoy is finding depictions of these flowers in the Museum's collection - and in the Japan wing is one of my favorite pictures of all time, The Old Plum, by one of the Kano masters of painting. If you follow this link, you can see it.
After viewing the Great Hall flower arrangements it is powerful to see this depiction of a wise, untamed version of the plum tree. This work is like a cultural ambassador, letting us view a plum blossom and its emotional impact through the lens of its artistic viewer, over 400 years ago. It gives me the same feeling as when I go to the zoo and see gorgeous, ferocious tigers. When I go home to my cats, they somehow look different.