Sunday, April 04, 2021

Flower Viewing at Jardins du Plantes

 


How did Vincent do it? Painting delicate blossoms (almond in Van Gogh’s case) on a thick gnarly branch is not a piece of cake. 


I loved the Spring window decals in Nerides, just across the street on rue Bonaparte from Pierre Hermé.


Then seeing so many photos on Instagram. Thanks to @thereal-emilyinParis giving me daily updates on petals discoloring and falling, I finally made it to Jardins des Plante on Thursday.


Watch this 4 minute video on Japanese wood block prints celebrating the Spring tradition of ‘Sakura’. 


Sakura’s significance in Japan is due to its evanescent beauty, which resonates with the Buddhist ethos of life’s illusory nature. The cherry tree blooms en masse during the spring, and its blossoms die within a week of their flowering, making their beauty both intense and short-lived. 


It is during this time that friends and family gather to take part in hanami, or “flower viewing,” by traveling to districts populated by cherry trees


Bear insisted on coming along of course. 


        And on getting a selfie like the others. 


He’s been practicing at home. Nailed it.

In 1912, over 3,000 cherry trees were bestowed upon Washington, D.C., by Tokyo in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. 



Cherry trees typically grew in remote mountain areas; 


However, under Shogun Yoshimune (1716–45), cherry trees were planted in cities as a means of urban beautification and of demonstrating the government’s benevolence. 


This was my first time ‘Flower Viewing’ at Jardins du Plantes just a short walk away from my house. I asked my landlord if he had been and he said “Oh yes of course.” Interesting how Asian cultural traditions have enriched and become embedded in so many other cultures. 
I wish you all a lovely blooming day dear PBers 🌸🌸🌸🐻

18 comments:

Bonnie L said...

How nice that you & Bear live so close by Jardin des Plantes. Beautiful at any time of the year, stunning in the spring. Your cherry blossom watercolor is lovely...tres Japonais. It feels as if we need spring’s beauty more than ever this year.

MR said...

Do more please! I just love this post.

Bear Fan said...

Bear’s selfie is hilarious! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him smile like that before!

Sybille said...

Beautiful post, Carol..thank you!
Made my day.
Bises

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks Sybille,I thought this would be a quick easy post but there was so much more historical background I was unaware of. So interesting how universal the love of flower viewing is!

Mary said...

Your blossom watercolor is just beautiful!
Bises

Ga From Dekalb said...

Lovely! I think you have found a new joy. You watercolor of the cherry blossoms is delicate and beautiful.

La Table De Nana said...

Dear Dear Vincent..♥Sakura Blossom tea is so pretty:)Fun outings compared to winter..on its way here this blossom time.

Kay said...

I miss living in the DC area! I love your painting at the beginning. Well done!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks Kay
It is a special experience...very rejuvenating
🌸🌸🌸

Kathrine said...

I love this visit to the flowering cherry trees. When living in Washington I remember it as a time of great excitement. Thank you for the tribute to Asian cultures and their many contributions to the world.

Jeanie said...

It sounds like a fabulous excursion. Who can get enough of those blooms!

sukicart said...

Cherry blossoms are so special and your watercolor is beautiful, captures their delicacy. Glad Bear got out again & love his selfie. Hugs.

Julie P said...

Gorgeous pics of cherry blossoms, and history I didn't know....our grandson participates eagerly in hanami each spring.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I think Anyone anywhere who goes to look at the blossoms is doing ‘hanami’

Kiwi said...

Fantastic post! Love your watercolor of the blossoms and those Japanese prints!

Jennie said...

Your watercolours are truly inspiring - how I wish I could paint water colours. I don't know where to start, but I'm considering finding out!

Sydney said...

I adore and look forward to your charming blog which always delights and informs my artistic soul in the most delicate way.