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Discussion in 'VCBF Neighbourhood Blogs' started by Laura Blumenthal, Mar 17, 2008.
Kanzan arches at Charles and Lakewood. Outstanding.
Jaw-droppingly beautiful Kanzans on 3rd, between Lakewood and Semlin. In the rain.
Eight Kiku-zakura trees on Graveley between Garden and Templeton, starting to bloom.
Those 'Kanzan' are ok :) but I love that second 'Kiku-zakura' photo.
Kiki-zakura AND Kanzan on the same street. How lucky can one get? On William, west of Garden.
Kanzans and mountains. On Garden, between William and Napier.
The Kiku-zakura trees on Graveley , west of Garden are in full bloom now.
Disconcerting, though...many of the trees have Avium suckers.
If you're feeling sad that the festival is over and there are no cherries to visit, you can always look up 'Kiku-zakura' locations on our festival map and go visit them - they're still covered in flowers, and such beautiful colours. To be sure, they are past their prime, and there are spent flowers on the trees now, but still. They're awesome. These are the ones Willard posted two weeks ago.
Still floriferous on April 29, 2016.
Early days for 'Kiku-zakura' on Gravely, west of Garden.
Hidden gem. Fourteen good-looking 'Shiro-fugen' at Salisbury Park. Nice playground, too.
Three 'Shiro-fugen' at Commercial Diversion and Adanac.
'Kanzan' on west side of Wall St between Cambridge and Eton.
Two young 'Shiro-fugen' on east side of Wall St between Cambridge and Eton.
'Kanzan' on Garden, between William and Parker.
'Kiku-zakura' on William between Garden and Lakewood. Full bloom now. Beautiful.
'Kanzan' at same location. With swing.
More 'Kiku-zakura' on Gravely between Garden and Templeton.
'Whitcomb' at McSpadden Park. Lots of bees in the trees.
Found two young 'Whitcomb' doing their best to attract attention on south side of Grant, just east of Clark. Busy intersection.
'Whitcomb' at McSpadden Park in full bloom today. They are still hanging in there, not even dropping petals.
'Shirofugen' at Salisbury Park look to be ahead of 2017 for bloom time. See posting #111.
At McSpaden park, the Whitcomb cherry blossoms are now fully open.
I found a petaloid on one of the fallen flowers, which is a first for me. More info on the vcbf blog blog: Playtime under Whitcomb cherry trees - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
Yes, though 'Whitcomb' cherries are "always" single blossoms, just five petals, I remember seeing a few flowers like this one on Nanaimo Street one year. Excitement for a cherry geek!
On William Street/Lakewood, the first Kiku-zakura is starting its bloom on April 21, 2019.
The Chrysanthemum Cherry is in full glory on William Street, between Lakewood and Garden at April 28, 2019.
This is what that first Kiku-zakura looks like, a week later from the previous post on April 21. The flowers are growing paler.
However, the trees on the Templeton to Garden end of William Street haven't caught up yet and you can still see their little carnation-like buds.
Note Kiku-zakura is NOT the same as Kiku-shidare-zakura, which is the Weeping Chrysanthemum-flowered Cherry. Don't wait at VanDusen for the latter to give the two-tone, two-layer look of the Chrysanthemum Cherry.
After you see Kiku-zakura, it's even harder to be happy with Kanzan.