Just as pretty on the ground as they are on branches. We walked around to each of our favorite cherry blossom trees in our neighborhood over the weekend to take in the last of the flowers. The kids love when they fall on the ground because it’s like a treasure hunt to find blossoms that are still intact.
We met one man on his stoop watching people walk by, stopping and taking photos next to a pair of cherry trees in front of his brownstone. The photo snapping is hard to resist.
“Do they not seem more beautiful this year? Or do we just forget how spectacular they are every Spring?” I asked. He told me that he’s been sitting on his stoop and looking at these trees for 20 years and thinks they are especially beautiful this year too. Something about the prolonged snow cover and the amount of water that the roots absorbed during the winter. Who knows if that’s true or what, but I’ll take it.
Then he shook the branches of one of the trees to create a snow shower of petals, which he likes to do when kids walk by. The girls, of course, loved it. It’s like pure magic watching them swirl around you and scatter with the wind.
The next day we walked by the same trees again and saw that all the petals on the sidewalks were gone. The trees are fuller now, the leaves a darker green, and they’re starting to provide shade from the sun again. It was like summer this weekend, with a flash thunderstorm and everything. The humidity in the air on Saturday reminded us of how that felt again.
Hope you had a great Mother’s Day.