the beauty of blossom…

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02/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

 

Cherry Blossom Palette

Cherry Blossom palette

 

I am not what you would call a “girly” girl, but there are two things that I like VERY pink…pink neon lights and pink cherry blossom.

If there is one thing that can trumpet in spring (and make my heart smile), it’s the blossom of the Japanese flowering cherry tree – one of the first of our blossoms to burst forth each year.

There is a large, beautifully-restored home that I see on my way to work. The perimeter – of the property – is lined with mature cherry trees. For most of the year the property remains indistiguishable from its neighbours…but, in spring, WOW. Whoever landscaped the property decided to treat us with a seasonal visual hit. The sight is magnificent and makes the property look a million dollars.

The cherry blossom is Japan’s unofficial national flower. The Japanese people have a quaint tradition – centuries old – known as “hanami” (picnicking under the blooming cherry tree). They have a deep respect for the natural beauty of this blossom…I can only imagine what the country looks like each springtime.

The last of our spring blossom is disappearing as I write. Such a beautiful, fleeting treat for us to appreciate in the seasonal cycle of life.

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