It may be cold in the Pacific Northwest, but the cherry trees don’t seem to know it. The ornamental cherries on the university campus are just finishing up a long extravaganza of blooming, as are our ornamental plums and other non-fruit-producing “fruit” trees. This week it’s the turn of the blue-collar, working-class, fruit-producing, pear, apple, and cherry trees. The bees are buzzing around them today, enjoying a sun break, so the outlook for fruit production this summer is good.
The interesting thing about cherry blossoms, which we have in abundance, is that they have a faint cherry-fruit scent in addition to a light, airy, moist floral fragrance. People often ask if I have a “light” fragrance, but nothing I make is what I would call “light”. In fact that’s the whole idea, to make strong, full-bodied fragrances with decent longevity. However, I’ve been toying with the idea of making a light EdT, fashioned around the cherry blossom theme, something people could spray with abandon. This week I go out repeatedly each day to smell the cherry blossoms and get the scent imprinted on my memory so that I can work from it.