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Entries in sakura (20)


So much spring happening now...

...& so much gardening to do this evening.

These are not complaints. But I'm feeling a little overwhelmed as I want to see and do it all.  And share the best with you.

For now, some cherry blossoms and blue sky from the weekend:



They aren't finished yet...

these not-as-fragile-as-they-look cherry blossoms:



I was certain the weekend hail storm would have turned them to brown-tinged, pink mush. Thankfully, not.

Sigh. {The longing, wistful kind.} If only I could weather the storms of life so gracefully :-).




'Kiku-shidare-zakura' (chrysanthemum weeping cherry), April 29th


Two words & many blossoms for Wednesday


Scouting the cherry blossoms

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  ~Henry Van Dyke

I've loved the flowering cherry blossoms ever since I first started paying attention to them (it was the year I bought my first digital camera) but perhaps never more than now when spring has been late, chilly, grey and often wet.

In previous blooming seasons, I could name the sakura only by colour (deep pink, pale pink, white) and bloom period (early, middle, late); this spring, thanks to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival site & UBC Botanical Garden Forums, I'm learning how to distinguish the 'Akebono' from the 'Somei-yoshino' & the 'Shirotae' from the 'Tai Haku' as well as not mangle the names (or receive gentle correction from the sage guides when I do.)

Here are some of my favourite cultivars blooming now in Vancouver's Fairview, South Cambie, Mount Pleasant & Riley Park neighbourhoods -- and lucky me, I live within walking distance of all of them:




'Yae-beni-shidare' cherry blossoms



'Shirotae' cherry blossoms



'Accolade' cherry blossoms



I can't decide which type of hanami I like best: admiring individual blossoms up close or gazing skyward at the archways and canopies created by mature trees:

'Akebono' (or possibly 'Somei-yoshino') trees at Queen Elizabeth Park

'Yae-beni-shidare' cherry blossom tree

'Yae-beni-shidare' cherry blossom tree in front of a heritage home, Yukon & West 11th


Do you have a favourite spring flowering tree in your garden or a park you visit? I'd love to see your photos or hear your stories in the comments below.