Sakura Watch, May 7, 2014 - Blossoms are now days away from opening

Sakura Watch, May 7, 2014 - Blossoms are now days away from opening as we can now see the bright pink petals beginning to poke through but still closed tight. Warmer temperatures this weekend will finally help the first blossoms to start to open and the 2014 Sakura // Cherry Blossom festival can officially begin!

Currently, there are a handful of blossoms that I have observed that are just waiting for the right amount of warmth and sun to signal its time to open and share their beauty onto the world. I had hoped it would start by today because, in previous years when a bud became advanced, elongated and shown its pink petal tips, it had then bloomed within 1-2 days. This year, the cold weather keeps continuing to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n the entire process and doubling the time.

Sakura blossoms thrive in consistent warmer high teens and twenties temperatures which the forecast is calling for this weekend. So let's all keep hoping mother nature can co-operate and help things along for this weekend!

As well, I'm now doing daily checks to spot that first blossom - can you guess where the first blossom will bloom? So please continue to hold on to hope and pray with your patience as the day of the bloom finally gets so much nearer. We have had an incredibly trying winter and now it's our time to take in the beautiful sights of spring that have long been delayed and sure to be a welcomed by all Torontonians.