As we celebrate our theme for Spring, Full Bloom, we thought we’d share a little bit more about the petals that inspired us to create our Spring prints. We’re kicking off our first installment of “Fresh Petals and Prints” with the Cherry Blossom! Would we worship the Cherry Blossom if it weren’t pink? (some are white, you know) Well sure we would, but honestly, its pink blooms help make it a favorite around the Pink Palace. Here are some quick facts about this historical flower that beautifies Washington DC in the Spring and graces a number of prints in our first Spring delivery!
1. Bright Navy Cherry Mine 2. Hotty Pink A Thing Called Love 3. Bright Navy Cherry Picker 4. Bright Navy Cherry Wine 5. Resort White Flowers and the Trees
• There is a National Cherry Blossom Festival that’s held in early spring, every year in DC, to commemorate the 3,000 cherry trees donated by Tokyo in 1912 (the first 2,000 trees actually had to be burned when they arrived after being shipped from Japan because they were infested with insects & disease) There are now about 3,750 cherry trees in the tidal basin in Washington, DC.
• The weather determines when the trees bloom. The milder the weather is, the sooner the blooms will appear. Generally, blooming begins in March and April but weather can vary the start of the blooming season by as much as two weeks.
• Cherry trees originate from Japan and their symbolism is deeply rooted in the Japanese culture
• Unfortunately the blooms don’t last long – once the tree blooms, the flowers fall within a week. Booo…
• Bloom colors will range from deep pink to white flowers, depending on the variety (there are some that bloom yellow in Japan but here in the US most of the cherry trees you’ll see will be light pink and white)
• As a cherry tree ages, it develops large rough bumps which makes the tree look twisted and knotted.
• There are over 100 different varieties of cherry trees in Japan but here in the US, there are only a few dozen different varieties.
• The tree only produces flowers and tiny seeds-no actual cherries! (though the blossoms & leaves are considered edible in Japan)
• Cherry trees need to be treated with care-don’t pick the blossoms and don’t climb them because they are very fragile!