Cherry Blossoms

Photo by Gayla Trail

We’re sitting just on the cusp of cherry blossom season here in Toronto. They generally make their stunning appearance in late April/early May. The following poem was included in my local Farmer’s Market newsletter and I couldn’t resist posting it here as a beacon of hope for those of us who have been stuck with a never-ending winter. Spring is on the way! It is assured.

As the years stream by
My own life passes from me
Still I am renewed when I see the blossoms
My heart’s sorrows disappear

- Fujiwara no Yoshifusa

Photo by Gayla Trail

Cherry blossom season is an important time of year in Japan, with the flower’s short blooming time symbolizing the fleeting nature of life. I can’t mention cherry blossoms, known as Sakura without mentioning my friend and a friend to many You Grow Girl forum members, Sakura who left too soon, much like her namesake.


Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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5 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms

  1. Hi,

    Thought you might want to know who wrote the poem. It is by Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, ancient Japanese poet.

    I was the one who sent the poem to the newsletter. I am going to be planting a sakura for my sister, Emma, who died on April 20, last year at age 30 of cancer.

    Glad to see you are spreading the information about the wonderful tradition of cherry blossom festivals. It is my favourite time of year and such a great celebration of life.

  2. Thanks for writing and clarifying. I am sorry to hear about your sister. We planted a tree for Sakura and while a tree can not replace a person it has been healing to visit the tree and remember her. You’re right that the cherry blossoms arrive at the perfect time when we are all just blossoming after a long winter.

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