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Monday, March 20, 2017

Blossom Bliss @ Gardens by the Bay

We were a little late in catching the Sakura flowers at the Flower Dome. Still, it is better late than missing the beautiful blossom at the Gardens!


This is one of my favourite floral event as I always wanted to get up close to the Sakura flowers. Our kids are also a big fan of Japan and its culture (though we have yet to visit the country). Compared to the previous year, I really enjoyed this year's display as there are more trees spread out around the conservatory. We were also very lucky to catch the Sakura flowers in full bloom!


Singapore is experiencing hot weather spells again and we love spending the afternoons in the cold conservatory admiring the flowers. 



Some of the cherry blossom that is easier to spot. :)

Prunus Kikushidare - large, light pink flowers that resemble Chrysanthemums, hence "Kiku" in its name which means Chrysanthemums in Japanese. 

Prunus Yedoensis - Most Japanese consider double flowered sakura rather gaudy, and instead prefer the simplicity of single flowers. The Yoshino Cherry, classic white flowers that have five petals is prized and admired for its delicate simple form. 

Prunus Autumnalis - also known as Higan Cherry. Produces delicate clusters of white to pale pink flowers. This species is unique in flowering sporadically during the autumn as well as profusely in the spring.


"The term "flowering cherries" refers to seven Prunus species and their cultivars. According to the Flower Association of Japan, there are over 300 species, varieties and hybrids of Sakura. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and most exude a fragrance of crushed almonds."




 

"Most cherry tree varieties bloom in spring, and last only for about 1 to 2 weeks. Changes in weather can affect both the time of flowering and the length of blooming season. Generally, the milder the climate, the earlier the blossoms open, while strong wind and rain can cause the petals to shed sooner."

I had so much fun taking photos of the cherry blossom trees this year as they are in full bloom! The gorgeous hue of white and pink against the Japanese-inspired landscape makes it perfect for photo opportunity!



Despite the huge crowd, we managed to take snap shots with the sakura. 



Its a rare opportunity to admire these cherry blossoms in tropical Singapore. Do catch them before Blossom Bliss ends this Friday - 24 March 2017.

Blossom Bliss
Date: 3 March 2017 - 24 March 2017
Time: 9am - 9pm 
Location: Flower Dome 
*Admission charge to convservatories applies

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