Here is another note I sent out to the cherry scouts, last week. I feel bad about writing to so rarely, and when I do, it’s about everything except ornamental cherries. So I will just start by saying that we are in late cherry season now, and flowers for all of the trees in our book have put in an appearance somewhere. And there are still blossoms hanging on the mid-season trees – ‘Takasago’ flowers in the West End are what I would call lilac-coloured now. Late season ‘Ukon’ have been out for a while, won’t be looking good that much longer, though the flowers will take on some interesting colours – pink with some of them splotched with green. The main interest now will be ‘Kanzan’, particularly all the very many streets with big trees on both sides forming a nice canopy. No sooner did I mention in my last note our famous two-tone wonder-trees, half pink ‘Kanzan’ and half single white flowers from the Prunus avium rootstock, then people started finding them – Anne Eng posted the first one below in Kensington-Cedar Cottage, and Nadia Smirnova sent the second from Surrey or White Rock. You should easily be able to find one of these near you – or one in the making – notice the growth from the root area, check the flowers to see if the sepals on the back are curled back so you see circles instead of stars. The other not-cherries I want to mention, that are coming out right now, are crab apples. The festival has already had one inquiry about these. They have round red buds, open to usually single but sometimes double white, pink or red flowers. When they first open, the white ones are particularly striking with their green leaves, red buds and white flowers. Their bark definitely looks different from cherry bark – it does not have the horizontal lenticels (breathing holes) that are easy to see on young cherry bark.