Here we are, nearly half way through April, the weather’s getting better and the cherry trees are coming into bloom, so it’s time for an update on the current state of the blossom. This update focuses on two of the top five places in my guide to the best cherry blossom viewing spots in London.
First up is Regent’s Park, where the small grove of pink and white trees at the south end of Avenue Gardens, always the earliest blossom in the park, is now in bloom. It’s a bit later than last year, but only by a few days.
The cherry blossom avenue leading to Chester Gate has been replanted this year – see my report last year for details of how and why. The new trees are a different variety, Prunus Sunset Boulevard, bred in Belgium. They’re taller and narrower than the lovely old Prunus Kazan they’ve replaced and the blossom is a paler pink.
They’re only just starting to bloom, so I’ll be going back in a week or two to report on their full glory.
The trees at Alexandra Palace are coming into bloom too, but they’re few days off their peak as well.
So it looks like this year’s blossom is running about a week behind last year’s.
I’ll be updating again on the blossom throughout April.