and they’re done

May 12, 2014 |  Category:   life seasonal






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.

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  • Court May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve been thinking the exact same thing this year…the blossoms are looking extra lovely. It has to be the extra hard winter that is making everyone slow down and cherish the springtime 🙂

    • Jenna May 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Yes, I think so! Spring is especially delicious this year.

  • Sara May 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    This was my first year living somewhere with blossoms, and I was in awe at how beautiful they were both on and off the trees!

    • Jenna May 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Oh, hope you enjoyed them!

  • cwandcw May 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a beautiful post! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day too.

    • Jenna May 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I did.

  • C May 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Love the story of the man shaking the blooms for the kids!

  • Pink Ronnie May 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Loved reading this.
    Stunning photos, Jenna.
    Ronnie xo