Mother Nature is clearly in a snit. Although it’s obviously Spring – the calendar says so! – we’ve got another inch of snow mucking up the spring blossoming timetable.
This won’t do! I see only one possibility – we must cheer up Mother Nature and encourage her to by creating our own version of Spring.
Although they’re not predicting peak blossoming until April 8th this year, Washington DC is in the midst of their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Which is the quintessential Spring delight in my book.
The cherry trees around here probably won’t be blossoming until July at this rate, so I’ve had to take things into my own hands.
Through the alchemy of magic let me present to you my own Cherry Blossom festival.
This beauty is courtesy of a vintage find – a Magic Cherry Tree novelty from the 1960s! I literally swooned when I found it. I remember as a kid growing “crystals” on a bit of string hung in a cup that was filled with a saline solution saturate. There was probably more to it than that, but my inner mini-me still squirms with delight remembering how awesome it was. And so I suspected this Magic Cherry Tree would be equally wonderful, and yes, I believe it is.
You stick the cardboard tree in a little container with water and a bit of solution and in a few hours the coated tips of the branches grow crystals. How fun is that?!
Konohana Sakuya Hime is the Japanese goddess associated with cherry blossoms (sakura), and cherry blossoms themselves symbolize the transience of life with its ephemeral nature. Which seems like to perfect reminder to celebrate all the magic around us. So perhaps I’ll spend a few minutes appreciating this newest addition of snow AND enjoy my faux cherry blossoms AND remember that the joy of the actual blossoms is something to look forward to.
What about you? Has Spring (or autumn) planted itself firmly in your part of the world or is there still some scurrying back and forth happening? Ever been to a Cherry Blossom Festival? Is there a penultimate sign Spring has arrived for you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.