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Sakura Watch April 17, 2018 – The cherry blossom trees have survived the storm – even snow and ice wasn’t enough to deter these buds from getting ready to make their grand entrance into spring 2018! Though walking through High Park you do see small branches or twigs scattered around the snow covered grounds, the overall damage was minimal. Only one tree suffered any significant damage (as seen in the video) where it lost one its larger branches, but all the rest appear to have survived the icy onslaught unscathed.

Watch the latest video update from YouTube:

 

Buds still look healthy

Even more good news was seeing that the majority of buds have survived – green tips and all! This helps to fuel the hope that a bloom will occur in the weeks ahead. Though this is a positive sign, it does lead into the question of what percentage of blossoms will be seen so late in the season. Previous years have proven that the farther past the usual end of April, early May bloom season it takes the buds to reach maturity, the less amount of blooms will actually occur. This is because some buds may go straight to leaf and bypass creating blossoms altogether.

See the photo gallery of today’s visit:

Looking at these photos, notice how some buds seem to have different shapes. The blossom buds are most likely to be the more round with some showing green tips as positive signs of the second stage. Other which appear more elongated with pointy ends are potentially more likely to be going straight to leaf. The majority of the other buds are somewhere in between and could develop either way, pending how the weather pans out in the weeks ahead.

Warmer weather finally on the way?

Hopefully the warmer weather forecast heading into next weekend will help reduce the stress on the trees and get the buds development stages back on track. I’m sure most of us are ready for spring to finally start!

More visits in the next couple weeks should better set the stage for what to expect and when. Stay tuned for more updated soon!

Sakura Watch March 21, 2018 – Easter weekend shows slow progress throughout High Park as winter weather continues in Toronto. This recent visit did however raise the hope that there may be signs the sakura // cherry blossom trees could move into the next stages as early as next week. Watch the latest update below:

Positive Note

On a positive note, the trees continue to look healthy and their buds have begun to swell. This indicates that they may start the next stage of development as early as next week! See some photo examples below:

But the weather seems to have other plans. With one more blast of winter expected this weekend, it may further slow the progress until we can see some warmer weather again. Since the buds are still closed, they should be well protected and survive any snow and cold.

Let’s hope the Easter bunny will inspire some good news to share after the holiday! Wishing you all and your families have a happy and safe Easter weekend!

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Sakura Watch, March 7, 2018 officially begins the new cherry blossom season this year! Always looking for new ways to share the sakura with a wider audience, I will now be incorporating video along with the gallery of photos. As more and more people are watching, rather then reading, this should be a great ways to show the sakura updates in a more creative and engaging way.

Video allows me to do more then I can with simply photos, so watch for more video incorporating on this site and throughout social media including YouTube (please subscribe). Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the new format..

Buds are Back

As seen in the video, the photos below show well formed and healthy looking blossom buds – great indicators that the trees are doing well and progressing along to their normal schedule. With a less harsh winter and days of above seasonal temperatures, the cherry blossoms look to be on track for a normal blooming time between mid-April to early May.

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This is not yet an accurate prediction as I would need a few more weeks of observations to narrow down more exact dates. Weather extremes can push the dates out further if gets too cold or even sooner if temperatures rise above seasonal norms. As always, its the one wildcard that can easily throw predictions for a loop.

Let me know your thoughts

What would you like to see more of this year on this website? Do you like the new video updates? What could be improved? I welcome your feedback as I try hard to offer as much information and visual beauty to each of my posts. I appreciate you all who take the time to visit the website or any of my other social media pages and want to say thank you for visiting and watch for the next update soon!