HPH photograph diary / 20. Cherry Blossom Season – HOUSE PLANT HOUSE

Cherry blossom season has arrived! Welcoming these blooms is a traditional 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 observed a tangible lag from the blossom blooming in London and the South to what’s occurring in these components.

It’s additionally that point of 12 months the place my digital camera roll is fully inundated with pictures of blossom. The various hues of blush are fairly laborious to withstand, actually. Listed here are some phrases on the cultural points of blossom season, alongside some pictures 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 take pleasure in walks, picnics and even events beneath the cherry (sakura) blossom. A part of their beguiling attraction can be exactly related to the subject of the transience of flowers (hana). It is because their lovely blooming interval is fleeting and lasts for only a few weeks. Extra historically (and notably with older generations), the celebration of plum (ume) blossom can be practiced. That is known as umemi (or plum viewing).

Celebrating the state of impermanence is one thing that fascinates me usually… I’m reminded that I wrote about this in my thesis a couple of years in the past. Mental concerns apart although, this additionally prompts us to contemplate how we will respect and rejoice 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 will study to turn out to be 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 instances 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 turned tangled in my darkish brown hair. One Saturday morning earlier this month, I took the great distance residence from an antiques place to take pleasure in one among my favorite blossom spots.

Most not too long ago, I went out with my digital camera one night to {photograph} a sakura cover close by. The highway is lined with cherry blossom on either side and is actually 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 take pleasure in 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 assumed I’d conclude the submit by displaying you some pictures of my cherry blossom that I obtained as a birthday present earlier within the 12 months. You would possibly 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 would nonetheless be a constructing web site exterior, 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. Over the past two months, my plant turned 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 a couple of weeks. It sometimes acquired 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 collection is a method of sharing the on a regular basis pictures that I snap very often when going for a stroll, or little particulars I discover at residence. This collection began off as particular person photographs again in 2019 beneath the title Ephemera, as a bit on my web site to share the transient moments I doc, as ephemera derives from the Greek ephemeros — that means ‘lasting solely someday, 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 ‘photograph drop’ model. These are saved beneath the Picture Diary tab and are collections of my day after day pictures that I put collectively each few weeks or in order a punctuation to the longer type plant care posts. Additionally they have ended up performing like a visible diary of types.


I’m trying ahead to planting my exterior house in a couple of months (hopefully!) and my Prunus can be a key a part of the scheme. I’ve two posts you would possibly take pleasure in 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 right now’s submit and that you just’ve managed to take pleasure in some the place you’re.

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