In this fairly temperate part of the world, the cherry trees are in bloom. This means that, just as Philip Larkin appears each year in May ("Yet still the unresting castles thresh/In fullgrown thickness every May"), so A. E. Housman appears each year in spring:
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad (1896).
The poem reminds me of an anecdote about J. L. Carr, the novelist whose masterpiece is A Month in the Country (1980). Carr was the headmaster of Highfields School in Kettering, Northamptonshire, from 1952 until 1967.
"His ageing former pupils recalled, as in a dream, the headmaster who every year had the whole primary school march through a housing estate, past trees in blossom, all 200 of them reciting the Housman poem, 'Loveliest of trees, the cherry now . . .' Forty years on, to their surprise, they realised they still had the poem by heart."
Byron Rogers, The Last Englishman: The Life of J. L. Carr (2003).