An early spring with lots of sunshine can only mean one thing – the cherry blossom is out! It’s not even the end of March and the blossom is in full flower all over town. That means London’s in bloom a good two or three weeks ahead of last year.
Early blossom is already giving way to mid season. I went up to Alexandra Palace today, where the blossom is just past its best, but perfect if you’re a fan of sakura fubuki. What’s that? It’s when the wind blows the falling cherry blossom petals around in swirling drifts, creating a ‘cherry blossom snowstorm’.
There’s still plenty of blossom to come, especially the late flowering trees. The Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue didn’t flower until early May last year, so even if it’s three weeks early this year it’s still not due until mid April.
Not far from the blossom in the picture there were cherry trees of a different variety still in tight bud, so don’t panic, you still have plenty of time. For the best cherry blossom viewing spots, see my Top Five Guide.