My small home orchard has spent the last few months sleeping, but now it is beginning to stir. Bare branches are showing signs of life, blossoms are beginning to appear and the bees are waking from their winter hibernation.
Spring is here.
And what better way to enjoy the new season, than with a walk through the cherry blossom gardens at Aston Norwood in Kaitoke.
It’s a perfect Spring day (quite unusual actually) with bright blue skies and not a breath of wind. I am here with my mum and we begin our stroll around the gardens.
We amble along the path, it’s a loop track that takes many twists and turns, leading us to different areas of the garden, secret places, ponds and quiet spots to pause and take it all in.
Bold pink camellias and red rhododendrons are in bloom which we stop to admire before heading down to the lower pond. Before arriving at the pond we are greeted by some inquisitive ducks who stop to say hello. There are meant to be eels in this pond that you can feed but we didn’t see any this time (much to my mum’s relief!) We take a few minutes to enjoy the waterfall. There is something very soothing about the sound of water.
Continuing on, we pass daffodil dell. The bright, cheeky yellow flowers that are a tell tale sign that spring has arrived. The hum of the bees in this area is magnificent.
We then approach what we have been waiting for – Cherry Lane. An explosion of soft pink blossoms lining the walkway. It’s a spectacular sight and we feel very lucky to see it in all it’s splendor. The blossoms only last for a couple of weeks. We timed out trip perfectly.
We take our time walking down cherry lane. It’s really quite a magical moment. The bird house nestled into the blossoms and the bridge at the end of the lane adds to the charm of this beautiful place.
We carry on with the walk, it probably takes us about an hour. You could do it a lot quicker, but it’s the sort of place you want to take your time and we are in no rush. Being in nature like this is energizing. It’s hard to believe we are right next to State Highway 2!
This is a walk for any garden lover. I am sure it would be lovely at any time of they year, the colours and shapes changing with the seasons. But if you get the opportunity to visit during cherry blossom season, it’s truly a splendid time to visit.