Linda Maye Adams

March of the Cherry Blossoms


By the time Phil the Groundhog pokes his head out of his hole, I’m past ready for winter to end.  I want it to end now.  I want the sunshine to come out.  I want the world to be warm again.  At last, I spotted my first sign of spring:  A cherry blossom tree.

It was on a divider in the street, pale pink sunshine bursting Washington, DC, out of winter.  When the blossoms reach their peak bloom, they look like lace sleeves bunched up on the branches, with black showing through.  The trunks are actually dark brown, but the delicate flowers make them appear more stark.

The tidal basin trees are 100 years old this year.  They were given to the U.S. by Japan in 1912, but none of the original trees survived.  Despite their beauty, the blossoms have a short life.  We’ll get a windy day shortly after the peak, and the wind knocks off the petals.  The only thing left of the blossoms are pink petals blowing in the gutter like dust.

What will you do now that the weather is changing?  Do you have any exciting vacation plans?

 

9 Comments

  1. Prue

    What a stunning sight! And such old trees. They are lovely.
    Our wedding invitations and thank-you cards had a photograph of cherry blossom from our garden on them. Fond memories 🙂

    I’m just about to go and unpack all the compost from the bins in our garden. New bins are needed as the old ones are turning into compost themselves!

    Enjoy spring — and the blossom.

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    • It’s just a shame they don’t last for long. We’re now at the peak, and it’s soon to end.

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  2. Great picture. It never occurred to me that DC might have scenes of great natural beauty. I figured it was all statues and monuments and stuff. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • It is mostly statues and monuments (and they keep adding more), but there are some very pretty areas. Haines Point is another beautiful area — runs by the Potomac.

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      • It sounds nice. Maybe I’ll get to see it one day.

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  3. Looks like an old photo you have there–very lovely. Would love to see this some year.

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    • Took pictures and couldn’t find the cord to the camera! I probably put it some place safe and that’s why I can’t find it!

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  4. I love all the flowering trees in spring. We have a lot of pear trees with their white blossoms here and it’s really pretty…

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    • Oooh, those sound pretty, though I can feel my allergies warming up for a stay.

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