Blossom And Snow

I caught sight of this tree last week.  Mid January in full bloom.  It’s suffered a bit in the cold weather but on this the snowiest of Sundays it put me in mind of this by A.E. Houseman from A Shropshire Lad.


Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my three score years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

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2 Responses to “Blossom And Snow”

  1. David Ford January 20, 2013 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    A flowering cherry in January seems a bit early to me, goes nicely with the poem though

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — January 20th, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      I’m not sure it’s a cherry David, albeit whatever it is yes January is very early. We also have cowslips in bloom which I would not expect until April so every which way it’s out of the ordinary.

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