A couple of weeks ao, Sophie and I went back to Alnwick Gardens to photograph the Tai-Haiku cherry blossom orchard. We were last there 5 years ago in 2018 and we’d always wanted to revisit. Last time the trees were in full bloom and we had a bit of blue sky, this time the blossoms were falling, and the sky was well, meh. But no matter the weather, we shoot! I had my Contax Aria loaded with Silbersalz 500T film.
The Story of the orchard :- Back in the day, a chap called Captain Collingwood Ingram, was obsessed with cherry blossom trees, and learned so much about them that in 1926 he was invited to give a talk to members of the Japanese Cherry Society, where he was shown a painting of a superb cherry with huge white flowers, which, he was told, was sadly extinct. But Ingram wasn’t an expert for nothing, he recognised the tree in the painting as being the same as a tree he had seen in a Sussex garden. As the tree was on it’s last legs, he hot footed it over there, took several cuttings from it, and today all Tai Haku trees in the world are descended from those cuttings. He re-introduced it to Japan in 1932. The orchard has over 300 Tai Haku cherry blossom trees, the biggest in the world apparently.
The Duchess of Northumberland (who owns and developed the gardens as well as Alnwick Castle – Hogwarts to my American pals 🙂 )has added 50 double seated swing seats to the orchard.
After the orchard we went to see some more of the gardens, and I’ll do those next time.
📷 🎞️ 😊
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