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Sakura Watch, April 25, 2015 – buds swell as weather warms after a week long cold-snap that seemed to have slowed down the sakura bud development with some areas of the park.

The grove of trees by the sports fields are still the farther along and have the largest, most swollen buds at the moment. This area historically has showed the earliest blossoms the last few years and I expect the trend to continue this year again.

The largest grove of trees that are located on the big hill with the winding paved path that leads to Grenadier Pond are in a close second with a majority of buds on the upper half of the hill showing larger, greener and more swelling in their sizes. However the buds closer to the pond and along the path are a bit more behind with less swelling and still showing more of a tear drop shape to them.

The sakura // cherry blossom trees near the High Park Zoo and Adventure Playground are still trailing behind as the furthest behind with the majority of their buds still  in the tear drop shape and showing only green tips as opposed to full round green buds as seen in other parts of the park. This shouldn’t be a worry of course, as this area tends to only be a day or so behind the other trees once they do bloom – and that gives us 1 or 2 more days to enjoy them!

So now that the weather is starting to warm up – again – here’s to hoping that mother nature will offer her sun-kissed best wishes on the trees and help them develop further. Now we are only a few weeks away but I now for many of the sakura // cherry blossom fans out there that this time still seems like an eternity!

Hope everyone enjoys this sunny weekend and watch for more updates early next week!

Sakura Watch, March 20, 2015 – First day of spring and first look at the Sakura buds and the official beginning of the Sakura Watch for 2015!

My initial impression lend to the idea the trees all tend to look healthier with more buds then this same time last year. Though most of the roadside trees have has some significant amount of pruning, the bulk of the cherry blossom trees seem to have survived this past winter and cold weather rather well.

So can we predict when the trees will bloom this year? Well there is definitely going to be at least a month away considering Grenadier Pond itself is still frozen over (see photo above)! Its still too early to accurately predict, though keeping with the usual time frames of last week of April to early May is definitely a safe assumption for now.

Keep following my updates through the website, Facebook and Twitter in the weeks ahead as I will continually visit the park and photograph the progress and help everyone to predict when the best time will be to see the cherry blossom blooms.

Thanks for visiting the site, and watch for new features, galleries and other sakura related info in the near future!

 

Sakura Watch – May 15, 2013 – These late blooms are also sakura – did you know there are a few variaties High Park? The Akebono and Fegenzo variaties bloom later then the cherished cherry blossoms everyone loves to see, but these flowers possess a beauty all their own!

Much larger and fuller in size, these blossoms also begin from deep pink buds and open into large white petal flowers with a few layers of petals to give them their substantial fullness and unique beauty. The Akebono and Fegenzo tend to last longer then the standard cherry blossoms at approximately 2 weeks and these began to bloom over the Mother’s Day weekend.

You can find these in 2 areas – grouping of 3 trees at the bottom of the hillside path near the pond, and also a group of 6 trees along the edge of Grenadier Pond at the bottom of Hillside Gardens.

Hope you enjoy these sakura in a much less crowded park!

Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High ParkLate blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park Late blooming Akebono and Fugenzo variation of Sakura blossoms in High Park

Sakura Watch – May 8, 2013 – Only a few blossoms left to enjoy with very few sakura cherry blossoms left to view throughout High Park.

Grounds are dotted with soft pink and white petals and the glorious white seen this past weekend is now being replaced with hues of red stems and green leaves. If your patient and look carefully you can still see the remaining few but the next few days of rain are likely to knock them off the trees.

One bright spot however are the Akebono & Fugenzo blossom varieties, a small group of 6-8 trees by the pond at the bottom of Hillside Gardens, are only beginning to open up and bloom. These blossoms are interesting as they are very full, large flowers in the same pretty shades of pink and white.

Here are collection of photos from this evening and see how different the park looks from less then a week ago…

Sakura Watch – May 6, 2013 – Cherry blossom petals already falling!

As quickly and suddenly as they blossoms came, just as quickly they are falling away – the Hanafubuki. This makes this year one of the shortest sakura seasons we’ve had. So if you want to still experience the cherry blossoms then you still have a chance and should plan to visit wihtin the next few days as it seems there may be few left by the weekend.

Here are some photos from this evening:

Sakura Watch – May 5, 2013 – Beautiful day for Sakura Hanami as the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms are in peak, full bloom!

Despite seeing the sad incident of the broken tree from over the weekend, there is plenty of hope that there are enough respectful people in the city who will be more understanding of the fragile gifts we all share and hopefully will continue to enjoy for years to come.

Photos taken on a very busy warm and sunny day in High Park:

The Sakura // Cherry Blossom are supposed to be a beautiful sight to be shared and celebrated by all of us. However its sad when common sense and disrespect for the beauty is broken as seen in these photos of someone who decided to climb the tree which resulted in tearing off a major branch from the tree.

Japanese Cherry Trees are fragile and not as strong as north american trees and unable to support any substantial weight. This tree is now severely damaged and now more vulnerable to disease and have a much more difficult time to survive.

These trees won’t be replaced and I ask everyone to respect the beauty and fragility of the Sakura and please stop climbing the trees or THIS is what happens…

Sad example of disrespectful carelessness by stupid people breaking the tree trunk Sad example of disrespectful carelessness by stupid people breaking the tree trunk

Enjoy the beauty of the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms but please also respect them and the park.

I’ve been receiving too many disturbing comments from people seeing others breaking branches or climbing trees and breaking limbs or even trying to take away parts of the blossom with them – even though you may think its harmless, the cherry trees are delicate trees, and in acting this way you are actually hurting or even slowly killing the trees from growing in the future.

So please practice the true spirit of the Sakura Hanami, respect the trees and the beauty they serve for us all and help us preserve their health for many years to come.

My thanks and best wishes to you all.

Sakura Watch – April 28, 2013 – More pink tips with blooms a week away!

One more week until the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms will bloom in the park during the first weekend of May and even continue to bloom to Mother’s Day this year! Here are latest photos shot this afternoon.

One more week until sakura blossoms bloom! One more week until sakura blossoms bloom! One more week until sakura blossoms bloom! One more week until sakura blossoms bloom! One more week until sakura blossoms bloom! One more week until sakura blossoms bloom!

Time to say sayonara to the 2012 Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park and begin looking forward to next year. Though nearly all the blossoms have fallen from the trees throughout the park, I was pleased to find that a handful of trees have been saving a few prized bloom bundles – like hidden bursts of white and pink treasure – can still be spotted throughout the park amongst bare branches as we head into the month of May.

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Of course the wonderful gift of the Sakura was only the beginning of the beautiful sights nature has to offer as spring continues to awaken with so many fresh colours and lush textures in High Park. Spring is always an inspiring time to explore the many walking paths in the park on a sunny afternoon.

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