Spring is almost synonymous with flowers. Ever since I got to see Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, it’s what comes to mind first when the season rolls in. I yearn for the sight of those pretty white flowers that cloud its trees and turn the whole place into a fairytale-like setting.
Did you know that Cherry blossoms last for only about a fortnight and for the Japanese, it symbolizes the brevity of human life?
Cherry trees are an integral part of Japanese gardens — world over — so you know where to head, if you want to see these prettiest of pretty blossoms.
Last Spring I was in the Pacific Northwest and my desperation to see cherry blossoms led me to Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. I was quite disappointed not seeing those pretty white flowers, for the major part of my walk through the garden. I was almost out of there, when my eyes fell on a flowering tree that was cloaked in pink flowers.
It was only later that I learn that this flowering tree that stood out from its green neighbourhood was also a cherry tree; the Weeping Cherry Tree to be precise.
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