We thought the cherry trees would bloom early this year, given the mild winter. They surprised us nonetheless, and were in bloom when I arrived at work on Monday, March 19th. Through the week we watched them, the change just between morning and evening itself amazing. By that weekend the blossoms were carpeting the sidewalk. Although we were sad to think how many people were away on spring break and didn't get a chance to see it---we were thrilled with the great number of visitors, from early morning to dusk that came to enjoy the experience of walking admidst the blooms.
It was only four years ago that the trees were planted as a gift from Dr. Sen of the Urasenke Tea School in Japan. Now it is like a new gift every year!
There are a few blossoms still hanging on....a double blossomed tree close to the ponds was one of the last to bloom...it is still lush and especially fragrant:
and now some scenes from the past few weeks....
by Cynthia Voelkl