中国有个成语: 宝剑锋从磨砺出, 梅花香自苦寒来。
My wine carrier with plum blossoms
There is a saying in Chinese that the fragrance of the plum blossoms comes from the bitter cold of winter.
Most farmers will tell you that chilling hours are required for temperate fruits like grapes, cherries or peaches. Some need 150 chilling hours like grapes, others need as much as 800 hours. (Vernalisation)
When minimum chill time is not met, there is reduced fruit set and fruit quality.
While I may not like winter, I will remember the fruits that come as a result. That’s why plum blossom is a symbol found on many chinese paintings.
Remember the plum blossoms which bloom in winter.