April 15, 2017
“The bud is on the bough again,
The leaf is on the tree.”
— Charles Jeffreys, The Meeting of Spring and Summer
This year, for the first time, I noticed something about the blossoming cherry trees. When the blossoms first appear, there are still no leaves on the trees!
I discovered this when I contemplated painting cherry trees, and because I find it difficult to paint white things, I looked for green leaves to break up the massive sea of white. But I looked in vain. There were no leaves to be seen. I thought that was odd, since I had never remarked upon the bareness of the trees once the blossoms fell. I was determined to watch and see when the leaves would appear.
In the second week of bloom, I saw tiny tree leaves start to appear any the ends off the branches. Over the next week, they leaves grew substantially.
I now see that when the cherry trees lose all their blossoms, they will be clothed in new green leaves. Spring is rushing ahead.