14.4.10

cherry blossoms

(In the rain, days before full bloom)

When I was growing up we had a cherry fruit tree in the backyard. It was easy to climb and in the summer I would spend hours up there, eating as many cherries as I could. I invented realms within the tree; when the petals started to fly off the blossoms I would gather them up and pour them over my head. That tree was a little kid's dream. I rarely buy cherries now because they never compare to the ones I ate up there.

The flowering cherry trees below are a different species of tree, but cherry nonetheless, and are so heart-achingly beautiful. There are about 70 of these trees planted in rows outside of Robarts Library, a gift from the Sakura Project.



I have worked at Robarts for quite a long time, since before these trees were planted. The building is a concrete, Brutalist monstrosity shaped like an abstract peacock (and allegedly the inspiration for the library in Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose because, yes, it is a bit labyrinthine) but for the short time that these trees are in full bloom, the view is softened a little.

The High Park Nature Centre is predicting full bloom of their cherry blossoms this weekend.




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17 comments:

  1. i didn't know you worked there! is that place strictly for u of t students? it's never occurred to me to go inside.

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  2. Thanks for the High Park hint! I'm planning on going soon, so I'll plan for this weekend!

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  3. oh why are cherry blossoms in bloom so short a time, so unfair!

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  4. so gorgeous!! I had no idea that it had a relationship to The Name of Rose's library- that's pretty neat.

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  5. oh my goodness! I didn't know you worked there! I've been looking at your blog for awhile now - I love seeing my Toronto favourites and hearing your take on them. I am a student at U of T, if I ever see you when I am at Robarts (a lot right now) I will say hi! - I actually just applied for a summer position there too.

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  6. you should see the trees here in ny! all blooms and color. nyers go crazy for the cherry blossom festival, which is in one of the most beautiful places in brooklyn, the botanical garden. i can't wait to go this weekend and stitch there...

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  7. so lovely... i'll have to keep an eye out for these around NYC. everything started blooming this past week!

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  8. beautiful! i had a cherry tree in my backyard also! my parents never let us pick them..though our neighbors would go on their garage and pick them so i'm not sure what the story was haha. my dad did put a wooden swing up on a limb for us though!

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  9. glorious. we are eagerly awaiting the bursting forth of the cherry blossom that line the road adjacent to ours. ah! Spring! better than Summer?

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  10. Thanks for all your tips about where to find cherry blossoms in the city. High Park was so lovely yesterday. I took lots of pictures, but yours are the best! I have to remember to bring my camera with me to work before they're all gone. It was my childhood dream to sit up in a tree and eat cherries! That sounds so lovely.

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  11. such lovely shots.

    thanks for you note last week, friend. xo.

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  12. it's such a shame that they flower for such a brief period. i've heard the cherry blossom season in japan is amazing.

    i think the season here in london is drawing to a close but i was was glad to catch it while i could.

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  13. Wow the cherry blossoms really do soften the look of Robarts! I have to admit that it is one of my favourite buildings in Toronto. I know. I just love how sinister it looks. Even though I didn't go to U of T I spent many hours studying in this menacing building... and know a couple of people that worked there too.

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  14. I love cherry blossoms, they're so pretty!
    : )

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  15. sooo beautiful!

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