Although it might be slightly late in the season to write about one of my favourite trees, some are still in bloom around the world. The Cherry Blossom is a sign that spring has arrived at last. Its beautiful flowers bring cheer to everyone’s hearts when they finally arrive, especially after a long cold winter like the one we have just had.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life.
We have a couple of stunning blossom trees at Layhead however one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms in their full bloom is this month on the Stray in Harrogate a short drive away from here. The Stray is a long area of public parkland in the centre of Harrogate. There, dozens of Cherry trees erupt in a blaze of deep fuchsia. If you are staying here at the cottages, Harrogate is a lovely place to drive to for the day. Not only is it worth seeing the blossom trees, you could spoil yourself and book a treatment at the Turkish Baths, originally opened in 1897 and visited on a regular basis by royalty of the time. There are some lovely gifts you can buy in the independent shops around the town and you could have afternoon tea in the world famous Betty’s tearooms.
There is something about Cherry blossoms that give you a feeling of calm and serenity. Enjoy the blooms. They are one of nature’s many gifts for us.