When can you see cherry blossom in London?

If you want to know the best places to see cherry blossom in London, check out my London Parks Cherry Blossom Guide, which tells you all you need to know about my recommended parks – Kew Gardens, Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, Alexandra Park and Greenwich Park. But knowing where to go is only half the story. You also need to know when. And that’s what I’m going to tell you now.  Continue reading

Alexandra Palace cherry blossom 2018

Its been so rainy recently I was afraid I would miss out on the Alexandra Palace cherry blossom which flowered over the last (wet) weekend. But not to worry – I caught it in the brief sunshine yesterday and you can too if you hurry. Continue reading

2018 Cherry Blossom for Easter!

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. Continue reading

2017 cherry blossom – last chance!

Spring has been so early this year that, even though we’re hardly past the middle of April, the cherry blossom season is almost over. So what are your chances of catching the last of the blossom before it all vanishes? Good, if you act quickly and know where to go – which I’m about to tell you. Continue reading

Perfect for hanami – Kensington Gardens cherry blossom

Hanami has reached us from Japan where pretty much the whole country turns out to picnic under the cherry blossom that marks the start of spring. Hanami (which literally means blossom viewing) is a perfect way to enjoy the good weather were having this year (2017), and for Easter weekend Kensington Gardens offers a perfect hanami spot. Continue reading

Spring 2017 comes early to the Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue!

Last year I photographed the spectacular Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue in full flower in the first week of May. This year spring has come so early that it’s in flower in the first week of April, a full four weeks ahead of expectations – as you can see from these photos, taken on April 10th. Continue reading

Blossom heaven in Regent’s Park

With the early spring and the continuing dry sunny weather, Regent’s Park is currently a great place to see cherry blossom. There are some wonderful trees to be seen in full flower while others will realise their potential over the next week or two. So here’s my report on the current state of play. Continue reading

Kew Gardens 2017 – cherry blossom in abundance!

It’s still only the end of March, yet spring has come so early the cherry blossom is already in flower. I’ve been down to Kew Gardens to check it out and it’s good news all round – plenty of trees in full flower and plenty still in bud with blossom still to come. It’s turning into a vintage year! Continue reading

The 2017 Cherry Blossom is here!

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. Continue reading

Kew Gardens Orchids 2017

Kew Gardens orchidsEvery year Kew Gardens cheers up the cold February days with a sumptuous display of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. I never miss it – it’s such a great contrast to the grey days at the fag end of winter, as the steamy warmth surrounds you and the riot of colour awakens your senses ready for another year. Continue reading