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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!

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!

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 – 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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