My grandmother grew roses and created many of today's hybrids. She won an award for the first peach rose with white middle and peach edged around the petals of the rose. Back in 1960.. I don't mean she created ALL of today's hybrids.. but some of them..
Citation about Sakura (Cherry blossoms) from Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan - second oldest book of classical Japanese history, in 720) 天皇、両枝船を磐余市磯池に泛べたまふ。時に桜の花、御盞に落れり。"Tenno Emperor riding a boat at the pond. Sakura petals falling to his sake cup."