Friday, April 17, 2009

Blooming Friday

our prunier à fleurs (flowering cherry tree)


One of the harbingers of spring is the ornamental plum flowers (prunier à fleurs). I’m hesitant to call it cherry blossom (sakura) as the two are not exactly the same. But of course, they certainly come from the same family. And the leaves of our flowering cherry are purple, not green. Besides, as far as I know, the Japanese flowering cherry doesn’t bear any fruits while the one we have does, although I don’t think it’s edible (well, I never tried to eat the fruits *winks*).


In any case, both sakura and prunier à fleurs in bloom are a spectacular sight. They appear to be large bouquets of dainty little flowers, like a welcome offering as the world enters spring. However, the flowers don’t last long. But even in their withering stage, they still continue to delight us as the petals fall like soft snow. And when there’s a passing breeze, they turn to a magical whirl of downy small cotton balls.


Because of their fleeting beauty, it’s understandable why the Japanese see it as a metaphor for life. And I find flowering cherry trees a romantic, haunting reminder that we have to make the most of what we have. For tomorrow, they might be gone.


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9 comments:

Roses and stuff said...

Lareine, your shots of the plum flowers are breathtaking! Love, love, love them!
Have a lovely weekend amongst your beauties!
Katarina

Glädjekällan said...

Yes as you say, I can understand the Japanese and their love of cherry blossom and I like when the petals fall like soft snow, but I don't have any cherry only a plumtree.
Have a nice weekwend
Birgitta

sweet bay said...

Gorgeous shots! I love Prunus too and can see why the Japanese use the flowers as a metaphor. Thanks for posting these pictures, they're beautiful!

Maria said...

Beautiful cherry blossom.

Makis said...

I love cherry blossoms. They really look like happy flowers. I bet you have albums & albums of all your flowers. I also love taking pictures of flowers in close-up & it's sad that I have not updated my flower album. But your photos are way so much better than mine :)

Maria Berg said...

Ooooo I want to have that in my Garden I only have white but that pink is a better.

I will also have a party when it is in blossom like they have in Japan.
/MB

andré said...

Wow, that is just amazing!!!

lisaschaos said...

I always love these blooms and you did a magnificent job with them! They look so happy!

lareine said...

to everybody: thanks for dropping by... i think these cherry blossoms are a good metaphor for the happiness spring brings to everyone:)...

to makis: hope you'll get to posting more photos... on my side, i try to take many shots in the hope that i'll get one good shot among them (i tend to take blurred pictures :( )...

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