Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Winter Cherry Blossom at Powerscourt Gardens
At Powerscourt Gardens the other day, I came across cherry blossom in bloom. I thought the recent mild weather had tricked the tree into blossoming early, but I looked up the variety later on (they had helpfully labelled the trunk of the tree) and discovered Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' (yes, the name might have given the game away, had I thought about it) does generally flower between November and January. In fact, the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK has even named it Plant of the Month for January!
Cherry blossom is probably my favourite type of flower and this variety is a lovely one. In the bud, the blossoms are a pretty shade of pink, hence the common name of rosebud cherry. In bloom, the blossoms are white with a hint of pink and very delicate in appearance. Very pretty, particularly as not much else is in bloom at the moment in the very green Powerscourt Gardens.