Sakura Watch, March 20, 2019 - Melting snow welcomes the first day of spring

Sakura Watch, March 20, 2019 - Melting snow welcomes the first day of spring throughout High Park. Though the grass may be muddy and still a bit of a chill in the air, just knowing the calendar officially ended winter today can only bring us all to smile. Watch the YouTube video update below:

Bud clusters abound

Walking through the park between warm sun and cool clouds also played a nice contrast between the handoff of one season to another.

The cherry trees themselves also seem to be taking the temperature changes well as I continue to see large clusters of blossom buds, especially near the sports fields and High Park Trail, also known as, cherry hill (near Grenadier Restaurant). Here are a few photos of the buds seen today:

Many buds may mean many blossoms

The substantial showing of buds this year is pointing towards the possibility of a significant display of blossoms for 2019. Of course, it's still far too early to accurately predict when they will bloom, so far the average date range of mid-April to early May seem to be on track. Do note though that many factors can still play out between now and then so take heart that this is only a very early indication.

Warmer weather is forecast for the weeks ahead which will only further aid in the bud development. I'll be watching for signs of the next stages during my upcoming visits so watch for more updates to come next week!

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!