Sakura Watch, March 12, 2019 - today marks the first visit to High Park this season

Sakura Watch, March 12, 2019 - today marks the first visit to High Park this season. Winter definitely didn’t shy away as it treated us with some snow and a cold wind as we walked through the park. Suffice it to say that even though spring may be near on the calendar, winter seems to be saying "it's not quite done yet."

See photos and read more below the latest video update below:

Trees in excellent shape

I took some time to get a good look at the overall state of the trees and survey if there was any damage. There was one tree, in particular, that was severely damaged, unfortunately, however, that one was already showing significant signs of stress last year. In general, a number of the trees so seem to be showing their age - but that I'll address more in a future post.

The good news is that overall the rest of the trees looked in excellent shape. Most even had strong signs of healthy buds already growing - see the photo gallery for examples:

More snow on the way

Finding the early signs of buds is definitely a great start to the cherry blossom season. I'm sure we are all waiting anxiously for warmer spring weather to return, but I do see the possibility of more snow in the forecast for next week. Let's hope that changes! In the meantime, I'll be planning more park visits to track the progress in the weeks ahead.

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