It’s just a few days to the Easter weekend and I’m declaring the 2018 cherry blossom season open! It’s early days yet, of course, and peak blossom is still a couple of weeks away, but if you’re looking for blossom right now, there’s enough around to keep you entertained.
I visited St James’s Park (number four in my London cherry blossom top five guide) yesterday, to find the grove of cherry trees near Storey’s Gate in semi-bloom. They’re always among the first trees to flower and they’re a good place to get a taster of what’s to come.
There are also trees in bloom at the Buckingham Palace end of the lake.
Including this deep pink weeping cherry.
Most of the trees along the edge of the lake have yet to flower – though this one near the blue bridge is just coming into bloom.
Besides St James’s Park, the early blossom in the grove at the south end of Avenue Gardens in Regent’s Park has come into flower and should be worth a visit over the Easter weekend. And, of course, Kew Gardens always have blossom to offer, though if you’re planning a trip specially to see the cherry blossom I’d recommend waiting a couple of weeks until the grove behind the Palm House reaches its full glory.
For more information about the cherry blossom in St James’s Park, visit my virtual tour.