Every year, cherry blossoms herald the arrival of spring in London. The city’s cherry blossom trees and magnolias are a beautiful sight, and their brief blooming period is a cherished time for many Londoners.
For a few weeks, the city is transformed into a sea of pink and white, as blossoms from cherry blossom and magnolia trees drift through the air. This fleeting display of beauty is always a welcome sight after the long winter months. Seeing the cherry blossoms in bloom is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their life.
While cherry blossoms are typically associated with Japan, they can also be found in other countries, including here in the UK. In Japan, the cherry blossom tree has a long and storied history, dating back to ancient times. According to legend, cherry blossoms first bloomed in Japan on the banks of the River Hi. The goddess of Mount Fuji blessed the flowers, granting them their beautiful pink hue. Cherry blossoms have been cherished in Japanese culture for centuries, and they play an important role in traditional spring festivals.
These lovely blooms typically appear in late spring, adding a splash of colour to the landscape after a long winter. Cherry blossoms have been celebrated in art and literature for centuries, and their ethereal beauty continues to inspire people today. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cherry blossom trees planted in the UK, making it possible for more people to enjoy this stunning natural phenomenon. Their worldwide popularity is a testament to their enduring appeal.
April is the usual month for such spectacle but blossoms have been known to venture out as early as March and as late as May. These fragile flowers have come to symbolise the ephemeral nature of life, and their short season of bloom is cherished by many.
If you’re lucky enough to be in London during cherry blossom season, be sure to check out our video below.