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

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 usually 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 taking place in these components.

It’s additionally that point of 12 months the place my digicam roll is utterly inundated with images of blossom. The various hues of blush are fairly exhausting to withstand, actually. Listed here are some phrases on the cultural elements 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 take pleasure in walks, picnics and even events beneath the cherry (sakura) blossom. A part of their beguiling attraction can be exactly linked to the subject of the transience of flowers (hana). It is because their lovely blooming interval is fleeting and lasts for just some weeks. Extra historically (and significantly 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 generally… I’m reminded that I wrote about this in my thesis a couple of 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 be taught to turn 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 excellent, the blossom timber positively glow pink of their typically 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 house from an antiques place to take pleasure in considered one of my favorite blossom spots.

Most lately, I went out with my digicam one night to {photograph} a sakura cover close by. The street 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 put up by displaying you some images of my cherry blossom that I acquired as a birthday reward earlier within the 12 months. You would possibly do not forget that I used to be in search of a pot to plant it on this put up. It’s a 6ft Prunus shirotae ‘Mount Fuji’ and I completely adore it! It’d 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 is able to make it simpler to maneuver round for the foreseeable if want be. Over the past 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 a couple of weeks. It sometimes bought 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 manner of sharing the on a regular basis images that I snap very often when going for a stroll, or little particulars I discover at house. This collection began off as particular person photos 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 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 optimistic 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 photos 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. In addition they have ended up performing like a visible diary of kinds.


I’m wanting ahead to planting my exterior area in a couple of months (hopefully!) and my Prunus will probably 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 area/ container gardening concepts:

Hope you loved the Cherry blossom viewing in at this time’s put up and that you simply’ve managed to take pleasure in some the place you’re.

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