The Judas tree

Pink house 2
Brook Green, west London

My favourite blossom is that of the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)*. You don’t see it much in this country, although if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris at this time of year, you’ll see it everywhere. This tree looks so pretty against the pink house – the owner says the blossom doesn’t last for long, but it’s beautiful while it lasts.

I loved the hanging basket in front of the window, dangling from one of the gnarled branches.


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Early blossom

Kentish Town

In a month or so’s time, blossom will be everywhere. But on a brisk March Sunday, in a row of trees that were entirely bare, this really stood out. I love the shape – so airy and delicate. I’d love to know what variety it is.
Miriam, a reader of this blog, has emailed to say: ‘I think the variety is: Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’. I have one in my front garden and it is a welcome sight at this time of year as it is the first of the cherry trees to come into bloom. Later when the blossom has gone the leaves come out.’

Thanks Miriam! It’s definitely one for my tree wishlist.

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To my mind, there’s no sight more beautiful than blossom set against a blue sky, and nothing more pleasurable than lying under a blossom-laden tree.

So I couldn’t wait to see 23,000 fruit trees – apple, plum, cherry, quince and cobnuts – in bloom during the blossom weekend at Brogdale Farm, home to the National Fruit Collection.

We had to wait a while for the blue skies, as hail and rain were very much on the agenda. But finally they appeared, setting off the cherry and plum blossom perfectly. Above  is a ‘Victory’ plum.