London In Full Colour


Look, I don’t mean to get all Fotherington-Thomas on you, but the last few days have been a reminder of the surprises that (early) spring can bring to even the scabbiest areas of London.

Cherry trees are often planted by the council arboculturalists because they’re hardy and grow fast. You also get great spring displays from streetfuls of them. The parks have erupted – here’s old Miseryguts Gandhi surrounded by the first burst. And in a backstreet in Covent Garden, past the stinky cheese shop, a courtyard erupts in sixties-style colour. Can a sixties economy return to?

And so we shyly peep outdoors, tempted to doff four or five of our top layers. It won’t last, of course. We shall have fog by tea-time.

4 comments on “London In Full Colour”

  1. noonski says:

    I love Spring. Except for the allergy part. The older I get, the worse the allergies get. So, maybe fog at tea-time helps clean the air? Do tell! Is ‘Foggy London Town’ a better place for folks with allergies?

  2. Helen Martin says:

    Shouldn’t think so. Wouldn’t the fog hold allergen particulate just ready for you to breathe it in?
    For the next month we have a cherry blossom festival and the first have just opened on our street. Anyone want to enter a haiku in the Vancouver contest? They get entries from all over the world. Try the website – a google should get you there.

  3. Julian says:

    Dear Chris,

    I love Spring,but the blossom never lasts long enough.I live in Kent,the so called Garden Of England!!



  4. Vickie Farrar says:

    Cherry trees have even been planted in abundance in various areas about Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, Henderson). By and large, they are now near-through their beautiful bloom cycle (as the humans, in turn, are blooming into T-shirts and shorts to “endure” all the sunny warmth…)

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