Cherry Blossom Bouquets, Sharing Obsession

Very early cherry blossoms Vancouver BC. Feb. 2020. Photo by J. Becker

Cherry blossom bouquets
Bounce-sway in warm breeze,
Spring pink petals fall.

Abundance of blossoms. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Writing a blog post with photos about cherry blossom season, is an act of memory and hope for me.  Every time.  A thrust forward into the near future with happy expectations of pink bursting-birth all over Vancouver.

Also cherry blossoms. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

And Nature delivers every spring. You’re never certain when the blossoms will start. This year a handful of cherry trees started in late February, along with a carpet of yellow and white daffodils in Kitslano.  Incredible.

Cycling residential streets. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

When I was in Seattle, I snapped up the book, The Sakura Obsession by Naoko Abe, a seasoned Japanese journalist. The book covers the effort of Englishman, Collingwood Ingram who develops his botanist love for cherry trees.

Such a love, that he became singularily devoted for most of his life, researching, raising and encouraging the cultivation of diverse cherry tree hybrids in Great Britain, North America (yes, Vancouver is mentioned) and ironically in Japan.  Like his peers in the early 20th century, he and other

Cherry tree by ocean. Cycling along Point Grey Road, Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Plum blossoms. Seattle WA 2019. Photo by J.Chong

fellow rich landowning gentry, obtained from Japan and exchanged cherry tree cuttings with one another.

Cherry blossoms in park near Space Needle, Seattle WA 2019. Photo by J.Chong

For a few decades in Japan, the cherry tree hybrid diversity, dwindled to one type, white and fast blossoming. Ingram becomes part of the movement to diversify Japan’s cherry cultivation back to what it was before.

Cherry blossoms and scotch pine tree. Vancouver BC 2015. Photo by J.Chong
Enjoying cherry blossom bike ride. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

The book also covers cultural aspects of cherry blossoms — including how cherry blossom motif was used as propaganda to promote the sacrifice of young Japanese war suicide bombers during WW II, whose died euphemistically, like falling cherry blossoms. It wasn’t until several decades later after war tragedies, that many Japanese could fully enjoy their own cherry blossom tree displays.

Brilliance of spring blossoms and sky. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Today, there are more and more young and old in North America, who enjoy the fairy-like dancing cherry blossom boughs in parks and along some streets in Vancouver and other major cities.  We have also enjoyed them in Seattle.  I first experienced real cherry blossom power when I was in Washington DC several decades ago.

Blushing pink cherry blossoms. Seattle WA 2019. Photo by J.Chong

My heart springs gladly
Blushing shy amongst leaves,
Reveals warm flush of love-life.

Glorious cherry blossom bundle. Seattle WA 2019. Photo by J.Chong

Against mossy bark,
Behold tissue paper blossoms
Age-young delicate rests gently.

Cherry blossoms and moss-covered bark branches. Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong
Cherry blossoms. Riley Park, Vancouver BC 2017. Photo by J.Chong
Azaelas and cherry blossom backdrop. Stanley Park, Vancouver BC 2019. Photo by J.Chong

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Fritz says:

    Beautiful. Enjoy! We’ll get our cherry blossoms in 6-7 weeks’ time here in New Brunswick!

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    1. Jean says:

      Very interesting..since I don’t associate cherry blossoms with New Brunswick. Of course, it’s in a colder climate area. Wishing you a lovely spring and summer, Jane.

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  2. Pit says:

    Beautiful pictures. The Cherry blossoms look a lot like our Mexican plums and your plums look a lot like our Redbuds.
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    Take care, and stay healthy,

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    1. Jean says:

      WIshing you a lovely spring, despite all the virus stuff Pit.

      Enjoy every day!

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  3. A. Rinum says:

    Oh I love cherry blossoms! We have a lot of them in nyc in roosevelt island and they look gorgeous in spring 😊


    1. Jean says:

      Wishing you a lovely spring.


  4. We’ve got a beautiful avenue of cherry trees, about 20 minutes away on the bike. At this time of year I cycle up every couple of days to see how the blossom is coming on. This year it’s been gloriously sunny and I thought they be out early, but it’s up in the hills, and although the trees in the village are looking gorgeous, and have been for quite awhile, the avenue is still not out in all its glory yet. Thanks very much for the article, just lovely and informative.

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    1. Jean says:

      I learned from the book feature in cherry blossom post, that England has a number of cherry tree areas. That is not the international image of England.


      1. And we’ve load here in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 too!

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        1. Jean says:

          Sorry, for mistaken country!


          1. No problem, a common mistake!


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