365-324 White Flower Blossom Ceiling
Here is a great ceiling of white blossom, some kind of apple I think. We seem to be awash with blossom at the moment. I dont know if its better than usual near me or just a bit better this year after the particularly harsh winter.
Thinking about that theme, the National Trust (NT) have launched a light-hearted competition asking for contributions towards a Japanese-style 'renga' poem on teh subject of the spring blossom.
Renga is an art form going back centuries, where one poet writes a verse before passing their contribution on to another. Blossom, a popular obsession in Japan is a traditional subject matter.
The National Trust's 36 verse poem will plan to track the country's orchards as they blossom from south to north in the coming weeks. The first 12 started at the Mother Orchard on the Cotehole Estate near Saltash in Cornwall, an eight-acre orchard filled with 120 apple tree varieties as well as cherries, pears and plums.
The middle 12 will be composed with the help of the public over the following 14 days, as the trees blossom across the country.
Aspiring renga poets can submit their verses for consideration online at a special website, www.orchardnetwork.org.uk . The best will be picked for inclusion in the final poem bythe Trust's poetry experts. The final 12 verses will be written at Acorn Bank in Cumbria, mid May.
Good for families the events at Cotehele and Acorn Bank will include picnics under the trees, bug hunts, blossom walks and wildlife displays. A great many of Englands orchards have been lost over the last 50 years and hopefully, this will help revive interest in Adams Pearmain, Ashmead's Kernel, Beauty of Bath, Egremont Russet and Sufolks Sturmer Pippin.
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