The Tuesday tree: cherry blossom time already
Despite my blogging rules being self-imposed, I always feel a bit guilty if I get to Tuesday and realise I haven’t written anything since the previous Tuesday. Lovely as trees are, it’s more interesting to intersperse them with other topics, I think.
So what I have been doing since last Tuesday? Well, thinking and reading a good deal about all sorts of things, but not managing to write them down. Also having a stinking cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself (boo). And planning for our upcoming holiday (hurray!). And above all, enjoying the weirdly, wonderfully, warm weather. In the past few days, in fact, it’s gone from being unseasonably warm to positively hot by Scottish standards.
On Sunday we had lunch in the garden and spent the whole afternoon enjoying the sunshine, as the thermometer hit 20 degrees C (68 F). Yesterday it reached 22 (71) in the afternoon. That’s warmer than some whole summers here! And it’s a record-breaker for March, when snow showers are more usual. Although, as friends on Facebook reminded me, heat and cold are relative: when I was crowing about our fabulous weather, a friend in Newfoundland told me gloomily that it was minus seven degrees C where he was, with more snow and ice forecast; whereas a cousin in Australia told me that he started feeling cold when the temperature dropped to twenty in the evening. I’m happy to be somewhere in the middle.
With this unaccustomed warmth, the spring flowers and leaves are busting out all over. March is more green than I can ever remember, with larch, limes, sycamore and notafagi beginning to leaf a month earlier than usual. And best of all, the cherry trees are in bloom. That little one that began flowering at New Year is still managing to push out a few flowers amongst its new leaves. This week, the others have caught up and are looking delicious in their full flush of beauty. Enjoy.
Last year the cherry blossom came in April, coinciding with other reflections: see Cherry blossom;
and also with a visit to the city of York: see Oh to be in England, now that April’s there.