Sakura Watch April 12, 2018 – Little change seen throughout High Park. As mentioned in previous updates, the cooler temperatures have continued to slow the blossom buds progress. There was very little change seen during this visit. Of note was to see a few more buds showing green tips, but overall the trees are still only in the beginning of the next development stage.
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Buds show next stage of development
Beyond a few more buds showing green tips, the general size and health are still positives. Though the next stage of development has begun slowly, the sight of large, round buds will indicate a good amount of blossoms should be seen this year. See the photo gallery below for a few examples:
The one thing I will be keeping a closer eye on though are that some buds are showing elongated shapes. If they aspire to the same trend we saw in the failed spring 2016 bloom, then those buds may only go to leaf. Its still a bit early to say for sure as sometimes those buds also flower, but a few more visits will confirm which they will produce.
Pending Ice Storm Scare
One point of concern is there is now a pending ice storm to hit the city this weekend. The buds themselves are pretty closed up and should be well protected from any potential damage to the delicate blossoms inside. The greater concern is to the branches and trees themselves where the weight of built up ice could be potential to cause them to break off, thus diminishing the chance of the those buds to flower. Fingers crossed the next visit will prove otherwise!
More visits in the next couple weeks should better set the stage for what to expect and when. Stay tuned for more updated soon!