Sakura Watch – April 21, 2013 – Buds swell and little else is to be seen.

After some more cold wet weather the sun shone today to show only little change in the sakura buds throughout the park. Though defnitely more swollen since last check, little else has changed and so they keep us waiting into May! Let’s hope a sunny and warmer week will help speed up the process!

Also a special hello to Grace & Mike who I met during my trip to park today – always a pleasure meeting fans of the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms 🙂

Buds swelling and still 1-2 weeks away from bloom - taken April 21, 2013 Buds swelling and still 1-2 weeks away from bloom - taken April 21, 2013 Buds swelling and still 1-2 weeks away from bloom - taken April 21, 2013 Buds swelling and still 1-2 weeks away from bloom - taken April 21, 2013

Sakura Watch – April 19, 2013 – Buds show first sign of opening including first examples of buds beginning to break open. Cooler temps this weekend may slow down the opening process but the next few days will tell how quickly we can begin to see the first real blooms.

BLOOM PREDICTION:

  • First blooms will start at end of April
  • Full bloom will now estimated early May

Enjoy the photos from this evening and watch for more updates to follow over the weekend.

Sakura // Cherry Blossom buds show first signs of opening. Sakura // Cherry Blossom buds show first signs of opening. Sakura // Cherry Blossom buds show first signs of opening. Sakura // Cherry Blossom buds show first signs of opening.

Sakura Watch – April 16, 2013 – Buds are big and green and slowly growing to blooms in the next couple of weeks or hopefully by the end of April! With the weather finally starting to look more like spring this week, the buds may finally start moving on into their next stages – let’s see how much changes over the next few days! Here are photos taken this evening:

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Sakura // Cherry Blossom buds show clear signs of surviving the cold and snow and are starting to bulge green – the first stage to indicate blooms are now 2-3 weeks away! More frequent updates will begin this week to track when the buds are ready to bloom.

First signs of Sakura buds getting bigger captured on April 14, 2013. First signs of Sakura buds getting bigger captured on April 14, 2013. First signs of Sakura buds getting bigger captured on April 14, 2013. First signs of Sakura buds getting bigger captured on April 14, 2013. First signs of Sakura buds getting bigger captured on April 14, 2013.

Sakura Watch – April 4, 2013 – Closed buds held up well against the last cold few days with a few only starting to show a hint of green. Still looking like second half of April for first blooms to start appearing. Here are some photos taken during sunset:

Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - April 4, 2013

Sakura Watch for March 31 – Happy Easter everyone!

Current peak bloom estimate: April 19-28

The buds are still closed for the Easter long weekend and a bit of cold over the first few days of April will only help to slow down the buds from opening a little longer. But I’ll keep checking on the Sakura over the week and add further updates to the progress of the trees. Here are some photos taken March 29-31st:

Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013 Sakura - Cherry Blossom trees with closed buds - March 29-31, 2013

What’s New for Sakura in High Park in 2013 – new and improved website to launch in early April with a new theme and features, and maybe a few surprises!

This is your chance to help build an even better site – tell us what you think!

  • Do you have an idea to help improve the site?
  • What new features would you most like to see on the site?
  • Would you be interested in Sakura branded T-shirts, photos, calendars or other items?

In the next few days updates on the buds and bloom status will begin for 2013 – we had a cold winter and this week may be the first signs of spring starting in the city. This could mean later blooms then last year and pushing blooming times towards the second half of April and early May however its still to early to say.

The excitement for 2013 is only beginning and come back for more to see in the weeks ahead!

Sakura // Cherry Blossoms - High Park 2010 ©Steven Joniak

Sakura // Cherry Blossoms – High Park 2010 ©Steven Joniak

Welcome to Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park – a new blog and website that is designed to celebrate the beauty and cultural traditions of one of nature’s wonderful gifts.

After living in High Park for over a decade and able to enjoy the Sakura year after year, I was disappointed at the scarcity of knowledge and visual representation found throughout the web and decided this was the year to build a website dedicated to this beautiful annual event with hopes to inspire, educate and entertain others.

I will be tracking the progress of the blossoms on a daily basis allowing you to know exactly when the Sakura first begin to bloom and also when to best plan your visit to High Park. You see last year, the blossoms bloomed early, and this year they are even showing signs of much earlier blooming (likely due to the abnormally warm winter weather) then ever before!

Please pass along any comments or suggestions and I hope you enjoy the site!

Sakura Steve