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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Two 'Shirotae' at 888 Nelson, outside Honolulu Coffee Co.
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    4/20/2017 Update: Well, 3 of the Ukon have died from the severe winter we just had but the other 5 are blooming beautifully. Again the lone Kanzan as well as those nearby on Beatty Walk are mostly buds still with a few blossoms here and there. Those in the neighbourhood for the Sun Run, Walk and Expo this coming weekend can enjoy both the Ukon and maybe the Kanzan and remainder of the Helmcken Park Shirotae. The Akebono at David Lam Park and on the Marinaside seawall are pretty much done. If you are around the neighbourhood today post 4/20 events, well - hey - it's all good :)
     
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    These trees have survived the nearby Vancouver House construction quite well and the blossoms on the "Punk Perfection" (actually a Kanzan that lives in the shade under the Granville Bridge and can get mistaken as a Pink Perfection) are looking good. The nearby Shiro-fugen has full buds just about to bloom so maybe the two will put on a show together soon. When the big Vancouver House is finished in the next year and all the public artwork goes in, a lot more people will be around to appreciate them next spring.

     

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    Pink Perfection at its finest. See it now.

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    Many of the 40,000 Sun Runners & Walkers were able to view these Kanzans on Beatty Walk in full bloom (the Ukon grove on Expo Blvd nearby were also still in bloom)
     

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  6. yaletowner

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    And they're back - rainy evening following the nice weather earlier for the Sun Run
     

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  7. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    If you want to compare 'Shogetsu' and 'Shiro-fugen', the time is now at a pretty little park east of 1239 W Georgia, that runs from Georgia to the lane to the north. There are around 10 'Shiro-fugen', with only a very few flowers open today, looking very bronze because of the leaves, and two 'Shogetsu', totally open, flowers past the pink stage, completely white, with green leaves.
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    Well these Kanzan's are almost finishing the season for the blossoms downtown this year and about to endure some major construction projects to the old Post Office complex west of the Playhouse - QE Theatre and the new Vancouver Art Gallery to the east. Once all this is done, the area will be buzzing again with an audience for them (especially if the Canucks manage to rebuild to do another spring playoff run). 2017 was a bit late starting but turned out quite decent.

    Edit by wcutler: these photos are co-operative effort. Thanks, @yaletowner .
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    Well I am not sure if there are still 13 trees still here but there is enough and at about the same stage of blooming 3 years plus 3 weeks later. Over 6500 half marathoners last weekend enjoyed the start of their bloom. The trees in the photos will have to endure the big reconstruction of the old main Post Office across the street but I am sure the future residents of the new towers will enjoy these last blooms of the downtown cherry blossom season midway through spring this year.

     
  10. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Now it's 'Shiro-fugen' time. Actually, it's past 'Shiro-fugen' time, but unlike the 'Shogetsu', that have no flowers left at all, these flowers are hanging on and turning pink, while still, and for weeks to come, there will be the occasional new white flower appearing.
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    While you're there, you can see Bruce Walther's mosaic "Return of the Wild", on the nearest corner of Bute and Georgia.
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