the time the cherry blossoms bloom is one of my top three favorite times of the year; once the weather starts warming up, i start obsessively checking the brooklyn botanic gardens' website to see how the cherry blossoms are doing, if they've started blooming. i didn't catch the blossoms in peak bloom this year, but it doesn't matter -- they were still beautiful and lovely to behold, delivering the same sense of calm and comfort and joy they always do.
i love the cherry blossoms, so here are some photos (taken on my iphone) (one of my things to do this year is invest in a proper camera), along with a quote that has nothing to do with cherry blossoms or flower viewing but has to do with plants so that's close enough for me:
"plants can read human minds," he [father] explained, as serious as if he were giving a science lesson. "it's inexplicable, but i've heard that plants have keen awareness, beyond the five senses. i once read an article about oak trees trembling in fear as a woodman approached and about red radishes becoming pale with terror as a rabbit neared. yes, plants are alive with emotions. they feel pain, sadness, and happiness. and they know by instinct whether a person lies or speaks the truth. a feigned love doesn't provoke a reaction from them. as with people, you should be truthful when communicating with plants."
lee seung-u, the private life of plants (81)