HPH picture diary / 20. Cherry Blossom Season – HOUSEPLANTHOUSE

Cherry blossom season has arrived! Welcoming these blooms is a basic signifier of Springtime for many people. It’s colder up right here within the North of England and so it typically takes some time longer to heat up. As such, I’ve seen a tangible lag from the blossom blooming in London and the South to what’s occurring in these elements.

It’s additionally that point of 12 months the place my digital camera roll is utterly inundated with images of blossom. The various hues of blush are fairly arduous to withstand, actually. Listed below are some phrases on the cultural features of blossom season, alongside some images from the final couple of weeks and my very own new Prunus plant.


In Japanese tradition, the much-anticipated arrival of blossom season is well known with the customized of ‘flower viewing’ or hanami. Throughout this time, it’s customary to get pleasure from walks, picnics and even events beneath the cherry (sakura) blossom. A part of their beguiling enchantment can also be exactly linked to the subject of the transience of flowers (hana). It is because their stunning blooming interval is fleeting and lasts for just some weeks. Extra historically (and notably with older generations), the celebration of plum (ume) blossom can also be practiced. That is referred to as umemi (or plum viewing).

Celebrating the state of impermanence is one thing that fascinates me typically… I’m reminded that I wrote about this in my thesis just a few years in the past. Mental issues apart although, this additionally prompts us to contemplate how we are able to respect and have fun the on a regular basis. As a plant lover this actually resonates with me. By feeling extra of a connection to nature, I feel we are able to study to develop into attuned to note small particulars that convey high quality and depth to our quotidian expertise.

Home Plant Home hanami : Cherry Blossom viewing walks

At specific occasions of day when the sunshine is good, the blossom bushes positively glow pink of their usually inexperienced environment, lining roadsides, parks and metropolis planting schemes. I went to Leeds final weekend and the blossom was absolutely out across the metropolis streets. It was a gusty day however the solar was shining too. I stood amongst them while the confetti-like falling blooms grew to become tangled in my darkish brown hair. One Saturday morning earlier this month, I took the great distance residence from an antiques place to get pleasure from one in every of my favorite blossom spots.

Most just lately, I went out with my digital camera one night to {photograph} a sakura cover close by. The highway is lined with cherry blossom on each side and is really a sight to behold! It’s solely the second 12 months I’ve seen it. Final 12 months I missed the flowers by a simply few days! I can definitely attest to their fleeting nature. So I used to be decided to get pleasure from it this Spring.

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House Plant House Hanami / Cherry Blossom viewing walk
House Plant House Hanami / Cherry Blossom viewing walk

My new Cherry Blossom

I believed I’d conclude the submit by exhibiting you some images of my cherry blossom that I obtained as a birthday reward earlier within the 12 months. You may do not forget that I used to be on the lookout for a pot to plant it on this submit. It’s a 6ft Prunus shirotae ‘Mount Fuji’ and I completely find it irresistible! It’d nonetheless be a constructing website outdoors, however my tree is nestled within the nook out of the way in which. I’m rising it in a pot which can make it simpler to maneuver round for the foreseeable if want be. During the last two months, my plant grew to become more and more leafy. These inexperienced leaves had been swiftly adopted by an abundance of buds. After per week of heat climate, fairly white blooms adopted and dangled from the branches like earrings for just a few weeks. It sometimes received chilly once more and the blooms are beginning to fade this week.

Picture Diary

If that is the primary of my Picture Diary posts you’ve seen, this sequence is a means of sharing the on a regular basis images that I snap very often when going for a stroll, or little particulars I discover at residence. This sequence began off as particular person photographs again in 2019 underneath the title Ephemera, as a piece on my web site to share the transient moments I doc, as ephemera derives from the Greek ephemeros — that means ‘lasting solely sooner or later, short-lived’.

After I moved final 12 months and through lockdown, I began sharing my walks and day by day observations over on my Instagram tales and after such a constructive response, I needed to share a slice of the on a regular basis right here on my web site too, however as a curated assortment of photographs each few weeks, in ‘picture drop’ type. These are saved underneath the Picture Diary tab and are collections of my daily images that I put collectively each few weeks or in order a punctuation to the longer kind plant care posts. In addition they have ended up performing like a visible diary of kinds.


I’m wanting ahead to planting my outdoors house in just a few months (hopefully!) and my Prunus shall be a key a part of the scheme. I’ve two posts you may get pleasure from on this respect, and it’s the place I element my planting plans for the Chapel conversion and for some small house/ container gardening concepts:

Hope you loved the Cherry blossom viewing in immediately’s submit and that you just’ve managed to get pleasure from some the place you’re.

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