Making merry under a Cherry Blossom tree is the sensation of feeling free with nature as seasons flip pages. Would be so nice to ferry yourself over to Kyoto in Japan during spring to be immersed in the flurry of Cherry Blossoms all around. Don’t lose hope yet, because while Japan is a tad distant from the UK, we can always find the delightful locations right in our own neighbourhood.
As the saying goes that ‘”When you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life” and that is why London never ceases to impress. When it comes to blushing and blossoming, ephemeral Cherry Blossoms, London very well has certain ethereal locations where the flowery displays are in full swing.
We went to Greenwich Park last weekend to walk the path strewn with pink confetti of the Cherry Blossoms. A gentle breeze, a gentle nudge – and the sweet and soft pink petals leave the trees to sail the breeze. If snowflakes fall during a snowfall, what do you call the Cherry Blossoms which fall like pink flakes in the transient period between the seasons?
Where in Greenwich park?
If you think of Greenwich Park as being the bit by the Maritime Museum with the Observatory on the hill up above, you’ll be puzzled by now, wondering where the cherry blossom avenue could be. In fact I have had my readers/followers sharing with me that they had been to Greenwich Park in the last couple weeks but didn’t find this place after seeing my photos on Instagram. The answer is it’s in the part of the park beyond the observatory where the tourists rarely venture, right up on the hill at the back of Ranger’s House and there is a beautiful rose garden (worth visiting come June), and it is usually only visited by locals or unless you are a chronic Instagrammer like me who did wake up at 6.30am on a Sunday and made a journey there all the way from North-West London. That’s dedication, you see!
The road that runs through the centre of Greenwich Park is actually called Blackheath Avenue. It takes you past the cricket pitch, beyond which the pink line of the cherry blossom avenue rises to greet you.The cherry blossom avenue points like an arrow straight at the heart of Ranger’s House.
How to get there?
It’s so far from transport links to Greenwich. If you take the train to Blackheath and walk from there – it’s a great walk across the heath, entering Greenwich Park through the Blackheath Gate. If you are coming from North greenwich station, then you’ll have to take a bus, I’ve heard its a long walk from the bus stop as well. We took an Uber from the North Greenwich station and it took us there in 10 minutes.
Best time to go?
It’s always difficult to call the timing on cherry blossom. The season generally runs from late March to early May but exact timing for each location depends on the weather and the variety – some trees blossom early and some late. A cold spring can set the whole season back weeks like it did this year, while early sunshine can bring the blossom out several weeks earlier than expected. Since we had a bit of heatwave in the end of April this year, most trees started shedding off already. We were fortunate that when we visited last weekend, 75% of the blooms were still there. Please note, during weekends, there are hundreds of Instagrammers, Bloggers, families, wedding photoshoots, Dog walkers visiting there, so you have to be an early bird if you want uninterrupted photo session, I suggest you go during weekdays mid-morning or early afternoon to have the place all by yourself, may be!
Important fact: If you see very early blossom, in February or early March, chances are it’s plum not cherry.
I stood in front of them and under them. I got absorbed in the candy-floss pink purity so much so that I ceased to think and allowed myself to sink. Sink in this gorgeous pink panacea which was just adequately gentle, perfectly subtle and wholly enthralling.
I even lay down on green grass which was exerting to remain visible because the pink confetti had descended on ground to smell the earth may be? I lay down and looked up at the sky which played hide and seek with the buoyant branches blushing with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. I got transported into another zone. No Kyoto, no Washington D. C., but all right in the heart of London and in the Greenwich Park, where the greens on the grass were negotiating with the pinks on the trees.
Blink of an eye, drop of a hat and you may wonder, “Where is all that!” Cursory they are, they bloom, they blossom and they wither away in no time. Before that happens and seasons change their mind, plan to see yourself in the pink pacific ocean of Cherry Blossom trees in London.
What Was I Wearing?
Newlook Shoes (This one sold out, other colours available, alternative here)
Basket Bag from Portugal
Decorative accessories from Tulum, Mexico
Zara Sunglasses (Old collection, find alternative here)