Last week was an altogether jam-packed week of cherry business. Tuesdayâ€™s Cherry Jam was a great success, with fabulous music and poetry (and speeches). I was interviewed on Breakfast Television and spoke for my allotted 2.5 minutes on a few of the most popular of Vancouverâ€™s cultivars: â€˜Accoladeâ€™, â€˜Whitcombâ€™, â€˜Akebonoâ€™ and â€˜Kanzanâ€™. I wasnâ€™t fast enough to shoe-horn in â€˜Shirotaeâ€™, but itâ€™s just as well, since Iâ€™m sure I would have waxed poetic and been cut off in mid exhortation. Anyway, I probably wouldâ€™ve mispronounced the nameâ€”Iâ€™ve been calling it â€œshir-oh-tayâ€ for years, when itâ€™s correctly â€œshir-oh-tieâ€ (no accented syllables in Japanese). Other than getting up so early, it was actually a fairly pleasant experience, what with a colonnade of pink â€˜Akebonoâ€™ buds over our heads and the ethereal sounds of a serenading violinist playing next to us. I had another television interview later in the week. Not that Iâ€™m complaining. At Cherry Jam, our Cherry Festival Director, Linda Poole, had about four interviews while I was eating lunch. This time, my interview was with Canada AM. I had a very pleasant, rambling sort of chat with my interviewer, walking down a street lined with spectacular â€˜Accoladeâ€™ cherries. I spoke about the diversity and beauty of cherry trees in Vancouver, how far-sighted the city planners were to create the most extensive (and probably the best) collection of boulevard and park cherries in North America, and how delicious it was to see blossoms in March, knowing that elsewhere in Canada, people were probably digging out from the latest snowfall (evidently I was tempting the Fates! More on that later...). Anyway, I got about 20 seconds of airtime, and you couldn't really tell what the trees were. Oh well. Luckily, Joseph Linâ€™s earlier interview was aired more extensively in the same segment. Not to diminish the glamour and excitement of media interviews, but what really got me going this week was seeing fattening â€˜Somei-yoshinoâ€™ buds colouring, and being introduced to two more of Vancouverâ€™s unrecognized cherriesâ€”at least, unrecognized by me. Wendy Cutler, our indefatigable cherry finder, photographer and scout coordinator, led me to a pair of trees in Kitsilano that were surrounded by question marks. The trees have strongly upright, slender stems that are completely smothered in the most delicate, airy, pale pink single flowers. Iâ€™m guessing that theyâ€™re â€˜Pandoraâ€™ cherries. â€˜Pandoraâ€™ is a modern hybrid from England, reputed to be of Somei-yoshino (Prunus Ã— yedoensis) with Higan cherry (P. Ã— subhirtella). Unfortunately, theyâ€™re on private property and a bit crowded, so Iâ€™m concerned that they may not last for too many more years. The other surprise discovery was made by a cherry scout who, when trolling the west sideâ€™s Quilchena Park, found a quartet of beautiful flowering cherries with upright, spreading crowns. She brought in a branch for me to identify and as soon as I saw it, I knew that Iâ€™d never seen this cherry before, but that I recognized it, nonetheless. From her description of the size and form of the tree, the earliness of flowering and the prominently contrasting purple-red calyces and pedicels backing single white flowers, I knew immediately that I was looking at a Japanese hill cherry, Prunus speciosa var. spontanea (P. jamasakura). There is an excellent photograph and description of this cherry in the book by Kuitert (Japanese Flowering Cherries). Finishing the week, I noticed the old Prunus incisa (Fuji cherry) specimen in the Alpine Garden at UBC opened its flowers just prior to the goopy snowfall on Friday morning. Passing by while the snow was still falling, I noticed the flowers were completely obscured, but a few hours later the tiny drooping flowers, undamaged by cold, seemed to sparkle with an intensity Iâ€™ve not seen before.