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Sakura Watch, March 18, 2016 – Buds continue to grow

Sakura Watch, March 18, 2016 – Buds continue to grow in the wet and mild March weather. The good news is the Sakura cherry blossom trees are looking strong and healthy throughout the park.

Questions of course turn to wondering when will the Sakura trees bloom this year? The large and round shape of the buds which are showing distinct tips indicate that still in the early stages of development.

The trend so far seems to point towards the cherry blossoms beginning to bloom in the later half of April. This would be the normal time the blooms have opened in previous years. Further updates will help determine how fast they develop. As well, if the warmer, mild weather trend continues into April then we can also expect to see a bloom by mid to late April this year.

Watch for more updates on the weeks ahead – have a great weekend!

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Sakura Watch, March 12, 2016 – Less snow, more buds

Sakura Watch, March 12, 2016 – Less snow, more buds was the seen throughout the park as a week of well above seasonal warm weather has all but made snow a mere memory from only a week ago. There are plenty of buds to see throughout the park and I’m happy to say the trees are looking healthy with alot of well formed buds! This bodes well for the weeks ahead as we continue to track the progress.

Many people are asking for predictions on the bloom and every year I try my best to pinpoint the dates by looking at how the buds grow and develop, judging their size, shape, colour and weather conditions are all helpful clues in determining the dates. Its safe to say we are still in the early stages and from what I’ve seen so far its definitely going to be after Easter and so far we are track for a typical bloom to occur in the later weeks of April and early May.

Over the next couple weeks the dates should become more apparent as we have at least a few more comparisons to see how fast the buds are developing so stay tuned for more updates next week!

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Sakura Watch, April 28, 2015 – florets begin to show

Sakura Watch, April 28, 2015 – florets begin to show in the grove of trees near the sports fields while other buds still lag behind in other sections of the High Park.

Walking through the park today showed just how much the trees near the sports fields and along the road towards Grenadier Cafe have truly moved on to Stage 4 of bud development. To elaborate, Stage 4 is when the buds begin to change into elongated florets – which are what will eventually be the flower petals of the blossoms – and are represented with a deep, pink colour on the tips. These florets will eventually grow deeper in colour as they stretch out of the bud and create the initial cherry blossom to have a bright pink colour before they fully open and fade to white.

The grove of trees along the hill and winding path toward Grenadier Pond are a mixed bunch at the moment with a 50/50 round buds vs buds with florets seen throughout the trees. In fact walking along the path by the pond you can see the trend continue as many of trees are still only smaller round buds. The plus side to this, is that they will tend to bloom a bit later then the other flowers give an extra a day or so of viewing for all of us.

Problems with some sakura trees?

Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park - trees with dried up and shrivelled branches - April 28, 2015 - www.SakurainHighPark.com

Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in High Park – trees with dried up and shrivelled branches – April 28, 2015 – www.SakurainHighPark.com

The most concerning and sad to see sight was upon taking a closer look at some of the trees near the Adventure Playground and High Park Zoo. As seen in the photo here, it seems a handful of the sakura // cherry blossom trees are either showing partial sections of dried up branches with shrivelled buds to a few trees that seem completely dead. I know the collection of smaller trees that were planted a few years ago are all but gone now, with only one survivor – and even that poor sakura is barely holding on. My hope is that this isn’t a sign of this grove of trees falling to disease or vandalism or some other unknown cause.

The trees that do show signs of buds are still very small and mostly closed as compared to the other areas in the park. I’m predicting that this section will once again be a more sparse display of blossoms mixed in with plenty of leaves as was seen last year.

On a happier note, we are now getting closer to seeing the sakura // cherry blossoms bloom – watch for more updates later this week as we head into May and the 2015 bloom!

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Sakura Watch, April 11, 2015 – Sakura buds shine on sunny weekend

Sakura Watch, April 11, 2015 – Sakura buds shine on sunny weekend in Toronto – finally bright and warm weather that finally feels like spring!

For all who take advantage of this fantastic day and take a walk through High Park will begin to see the copper and red toned sakura buds growing a little fuller and even notice some just starting to show green tips. The photos taken this weekend show visual indications that progress is still in the early stages however they are also definite signs of Stage 2 in the blossom development cycle.

Exciting weeks ahead as we continue to watch the progress and hope for the next stages to begin in the later half of April. My original predictions still seem healthy in that we will see the bloom start in early May and peak around Mother’s Day weekend – May 8-12.

As we get closer to the bloom, I will post more frequent udpdates, but for now I hope everyone has a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful days ahead and take comfort in knowing spring blossoms are just around the corner!

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Sakura Watch, April 2, 2015 – Easter weekend Sakura buds

Sakura Watch, April 2, 2015 – Easter weekend Sakura buds show continued signs of healthy growth and size though we are still a month away from seeing the cherry blossoms.

A few days of much wanted warmer weather and a little rain in High Park has finally melted away all the snow and left only a thin layer of ice skimming Grenadier Pond. There is still time for the trees to develop and the buds are currently still small to medium sized on most trees in the park.

One other positive sign noticed is a good number of new branch off-shoots with robust, copper coloured buds seen growing on many of the Sakura trees this year – this is a great indicator at how well the trees survived this winter and that the potential for seeing larger blooms this year is a strong possibility.

As we head into the long weekend I wish everyone a very Happy Easter and enjoy the chocolate and treats! As April hops alongs, you can look forward to more progress reports on the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms in the weeks ahead.

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

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!

 

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Sakura Watch for 2014 to start soon!

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Sakura Watch for 2014 to start soon! I will begin posting regular updates in the upcoming weeks – hopefully once this long winter of extreme cold and snow finally ends! Lookout for new announcements and updates soon!