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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 28th April, 2021)

Cherry Blossom time

Cherry Blossom time
Cherry Blossom in full bloom. Blink and you’ll miss it.

Photo: WN1 Standisher  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Mick on 28th April 2021 at 07:12

The reason the blossom doesn't last so long here is because the cherry blossom trees don't belong here, they have all been imported.
If you want to see cherry blossom at its best go to Asia.
I remember when I was in Japan visiting Ueno Park in Tokyo in the cherry blossom season and the smell and colours of the blossom were amazing.
In Japan they have cherry blossom weather forecaster who comes on the telly saying when the blossom will open, in the different areas, so people can book a few days off work to go and see it happening

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 28th April 2021 at 08:00

Blossom is so beautiful. We drove through Swinley yesterday, along Swinley Lane and and it was lined with cherry blossom trees. It was stunning. There are two white blossom trees near Abram Park and I have seen them bloom every year for 47 years and taught my grandchildren to stand and look up at the blue sky through the white blossom on a nice day because it's one of the most beautiful sights they will ever see. I can remember Edie saying to me once, "Grandma, you can tell it's Spring because there is "blosmus" on the trees"! It has been called "blosmus" in our house ever since! As "Standisher" says, blink and you'll miss it, and perhaps that's why it's so special because it is so short-lived.

Comment by: Edna on 28th April 2021 at 08:42

These are beautiful trees, I love them.We have such beauty around the borough, thank you for photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th April 2021 at 09:14

Cherry Blossom doesn't last long in its native land either. Holidays are organised in Japan when the blossom is on show. Must be very impressive. Different varieties blossom at different times. The more trees there are the more impressive they look. The petals remind me of snow when the blossom drops, especially if it's windy. I suppose it depends if you can be bothered just planting one and if you have the room. ' Blosmuss' is a lovely name Irene, I'm not surprised it's been passed down.

Comment by: Maureen on 28th April 2021 at 10:33

I love Cherry Blossom trees,when you go down Spencer Road they look beautiful in full bloom,then when the petals fall the pavements look like they've been painted pink,the only problem is within roughly two weeks of them in full bloom the winds arrive and strip the trees bare..
A very similar tree which is gorgeous is the Jacaranda but which is only it seems grown in South America..it's absolutely beautiful.

Comment by: Anne on 28th April 2021 at 11:48

I have a crabapple tree of about sixty years old. It is just about to blossom, it start as deep pink slowly fading to pale pink lasting over about a month depending on weather conditions. Many visitors have mistaken it for cherry blossom. A match any day for cherry blossom.

Comment by: Pat McC on 28th April 2021 at 13:24

We too have a Crabapple Tree Anne, and as you say, it is very beautiful with its white and pink-tinged blossom. Our tree still has remnants of the winter berries on it, which the birds have been feeding on for months.

Lovely photo WN1 Standisher - cherry blossom is so delicate and such a shame when the weather can cut short it's blossoming time.

Comment by: f on 28th April 2021 at 14:05

Only for a short while ,we part with you our gift ,
Remember that you saw it ,
Even though it’s kind of swift ,
Teach it your children ,
Watch it as you age ,
For this just a story book ,
A journey , life and page ..

Comment by: Carolaen on 28th April 2021 at 16:17

Coincidentally (and before I had seen this picture) I was walking down the road with my wife this morning in the Somerset village where we have lived for many years. There was a swathe -of cherry blossom-which had been blown off in the wind. I said to her that it was a moment of intense nostalgia, Cherry blossom always takes me straight back to being at WGS in the 1960s. There was a line of cherry trees along the Parsons Walk side of the playground. The blossom would always come out at the start of the summer terms and when it blew off it seemed to cover the top end of the playgrounds in inch deep blossom.

Are the trees still there in the health centre - or whatever the buildings are used for these days ?

Comment by: lock lass on 28th April 2021 at 17:02

I love to see tree-lined roads with blossom trees in bloom - you can always tell when the trees blossom, the winds always come grrrrrrr so enjoy it whilst it's there.

Comment by: Cyril on 28th April 2021 at 19:34

The full lengths of both Whitley Crescent and Mesnes Road also had cherry trees along both sides of the roads at one time, they looked spectacular when in blossom.

No Carolaen, when Wigan & Leigh college sold it to Dave Whelan he had the big Lime trees cut down, they're just rotting stumps now and with the width of the stumps the trees must have been there for donkey's years, part of the hedging was removed too, there are three or four smaller sycamore trees which are still there. The cherries on Parsons Walk have all gone, and there still are trees, though not cherry, on Mesnes Park Terrace.

Comment by: Carolaen on 28th April 2021 at 20:21

Cyril. So sad to read that.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th April 2021 at 12:53

I would think Cherry blossom is dependent on the weather as to when it flowers & when its petals fall Mick, here or in Japan.
The Cherry Orchard, planted with the Japanese cherry at Alnwick Castle, must be a sight to be seen when all the trees come into blossom, they too have a cherry blossom festival.

Comment by: Dave on 30th April 2021 at 11:27

Maureen Jacaranda are grow all over Spain and are particularly numerous in Seville really gorgeous when in bloom.

Comment by: Maureen on 1st May 2021 at 10:09

Thank you Dave,they really are beautiful,I wish I had one in my garden.

Comment by: Dave on 1st May 2021 at 12:42

Maureen i have some lovely pictures of the Jacaranda in bloom in Seville i will try to get one album for you.

Comment by: Maureen on 1st May 2021 at 18:13

Thank you so much Dave,I will have a look.

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