Springtime is at its peak, and the owner of a beauty salon decided to make the best of the season by beautifying more than just her clients.
Sue Caruana of MyTime beauty salon recently planted an artificial bright-pink cherry blossom, which now proudly stands on Triq il-Linja in Attard.
Caruana said she wanted to embellish the salon and the street alike, bringing some colour into the neighbourhood. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, clients now wait outside rather than inside the salon, and she wanted to give them a warm welcome.
The cherry blossom was planted following the underwhelming scheme for green facades, which Caruana had planned to apply for until she faced a high application fee as well as the chance of the application being rejected.
“I’d rather spend the 700 euro application fee on plants and trees,” she said.
The tree should last around three years and is surrounded by real plants and six creeper plants that will grow over time.
Against a background of the limestone houses that characterise Malta, the tree stands out and lifts the look of the whole street. The action is simple yet impactful, and it makes you wonder why this isn’t happening everywhere.
Caruana has seen many people stop to take photos, and neighbours happily commented on the new contribution to their street. The pictures even gained attention online, where enthusiastic commenters left positive replies.
It seems trees have become so rare that they even spark disbelief among some. Pictures of the cherry blossom were shared in the Facebook group Green Patches – Gardening in Malta, accompanied by an astonished caption saying: “What’s this? Is this real?”
Malta’s ongoing construction and development, for which trees are demolished left and right, comes at a high cost for the environment. As nature is rapidly replaced by concrete and green turns into grey, every little bit of flourishing nature in Malta is appreciated.
A commenter took the chance to grieve the decline of greenery on the islands. “We kill the big trees to plant bushes that rot after a few weeks… Don’t get me wrong, I love the environment – something that is becoming non-existent in Malta.”
What do you think of the initiative?