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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

Sakura Watch – May 3, 2013 – Sakura Watch – 80% Bloom in 3 days!

After a long wait mother nature surprised with a quick turnaround that opened up the flowers from 1% to near 80% in just 3 days!!! Thank the warm, sunny weather to take in the beauty this weekend and with some luck these Sakura well stay out until Mother’s Day the following weekend. Here are a collection of photos taken this evening.

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A question I get asked quite a bit is what is the best way to see the Sakura // Cherry Blossoms – car, TTC, bike or walk?

I want to encourage everyone to take TTC, bike or walk to the park instead of driving as much as possible because I will warn you all that trying to find parking in the park on a weekend is a highly test of patience!


Add to that road construction on Bloor St taking away the 2 closest lanes to the park which means NO PARKING on Bloor (unless you risk getting a hefty fine) – I have updated the Google map that’s on the site –www.sakurainhighpark.com/map-directions/ OR the direct Google Maps link – http://goo.gl/maps/SsM3W

Hopefully this info will help you all going out this weekend to enjoy the beginning of Sakura // Cherry Blossoms for 2013!

Road construction on Bloor by High Park Road construction on Bloor by High Park

Sakura Watch – April 30, 2013 – First blossoms begin to bloom!

Good news is that this evening the very first Sakura // Cherry Blossom blooms were spotted across from the soccer fields and down the hillside path near Grenadier Pond! This year’s bloom is finally begun and although currently at less then 1% the next few days of warm, sunny weather should easily allow many more blossoms to open up over the week and into the weekend! Here are photos taken this evening:

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