Finally, after a winter of almost mythical lengths, Spring is actually truly, really here. I’ve been able to start working on my yard project and have planted a bunch of veggie seedlings (posts on that coming soon), and I’ve even been able to leave my house with bare legs once or twice. My favourite part of the season though? The blooming trees!
Just like everybody else in Toronto, I am totally and completely swooning over the gorgeous pink and white trees blossoming all over the city. As each tree transforms from a bunch of sad branches into a majestic cotton candy cloud, Toronto gets a little less dreary, and the air smells sweet and delightful. Of course not all flowering trees are created equal, and though I love all of them dearly, my heart belongs to the Cherry Blossoms.
When I get married, it will have to be in the springtime, because I want a bouquet bursting with peonies, baby roses, and a hint of Sakura cherry blossom flowers! Seriously, they are the prettiest little pink and white magical flowers possible, and it’s definitely on my life list to visit Japan when their Sakura trees bloom all around the country!
It’s strange, growing up in Vancouver, no one ever really pointed out the Sakura blossoms to me; there are so many in the city that they’re not treated with a lot of adoration. Here in Toronto though, there aren’t that many of these amazing trees, so when they bloom every year thousands of people flock to their branches for photos and picnics. The most popular spot for this phenomenon is the patch of trees in the High Park Gardens, a group of trees so popular that High Park releases flower forecasts to the eager blossom lovers.
Because it has been a particularily cold and long winter, the blossoms took longer than usual to mature and bloom, but a bought of warm weather last weekend sped the process along, and on Monday the flowers finally opened! There was a storm warning in effect for later that day, so I threw on my Jordan de Ruiter tulle skirt and sped over, desperate to see the flowers before the petals were destroyed by the rain!