Kensington-Cedar Cottage

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  1. Laura Blumenthal

    Laura Blumenthal Active Member 10 Years

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    Yes - I thought I had. Thanks, Anne. Are we not supposed to post ones that were previously posted, or is it just that I should have looked to see what Wendy told me they were last year? ;)
     
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    Laura Blumenthal Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank you! To be honest, I still don't see the difference, but I think it's very cool that you laid this out this way.
     
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    Anne Eng Contributor 10 Years

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    Laura, the Sargentii Hybrids are quite common now in Kensington. They have two flowers in their umbels, not the four or five in the Yoshinos. That alone should help you see the difference between the two. You've posted these same scrawny trees on the east side of Windsor between E. 31 and E.33 twice now, calling them Somei Yoshinos this year, and Uminekos last year, as per your post 179 http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showpost.php?p=273145&postcount=179.

    If you can remember what Sargentii Hybrids look like, then you will be able to tell they are the same trees on E. 26 between St. Catherines and Prince Albert. The layout was to show you the small rounded petals of their flowers as compared to the Yoshinos.
     
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    OK; thank you, Anne. This is really helpful. I hope I can remember next year!
     
  5. Laura Blumenthal

    Laura Blumenthal Active Member 10 Years

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    OK; nothing new here folks, but:

    On April 12th, the planting of Akebonos on 30th St. between St. Catherine's and Windsor was in full bloom:

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    As compared with today (April 17th):

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    And on April 14th, the huge cherry tree in the middle of the park at 24th & Windsor was in full bloom, but I don't remember what cultivar it is:

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    And today, the pendula 'Yae beni shidare' was in full bloom on the south side of 31st St. at St. Catherine's:

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  6. Laura Blumenthal

    Laura Blumenthal Active Member 10 Years

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    I went by today and took some better shots of the blossoms:
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    Nearby, running from 26th to 27th on Elgin, there's an interesting planting of (at least) two cultivars. I hesitate to name them, as I'm usually wrong, but here's what I saw - first, one that I'm calling a 'Whitcomb':

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    ... and then one that looks like an 'Akebono', but I could not find a staminode - could this be that hybrid that's also present a bit further east?

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    ... then there's another of those Whitcomb-like ones:

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    ... and here's a curious chickadee:

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    The whole block looks like this, looking north from 27th and Elgin:

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    Moving further south, we see the 'Yae Beni Shidare' previously documented by Anne Eng, at 4397 Elgin on private property:

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    ... and around the corner there's the previously documented 'Beni Shidare', on private property on the south side of 29th Ave. between Elgin and Windsor:

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    This year, the owner seems to have allowed the root stock to bloom, and it's also very beautiful. On at least one of these photos you can see the difference in size between these two cultivars growing from one base:

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    And here's what the tree looks like from a few steps away:

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  7. wcutler

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    The 27th and Elgin, that you called Whitcomb-like because it's pink?, I wonder if that's 'Afterglow'. I don't have time to read previous postings to see if it's a new finding. The whole block is 'Akebono' except for this pink one? That's how the other 'Afterglow' happened - planted as 'Akebono', just showed up.
     
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    Kensington's new Amanogawa Grove. Fourteen trees planted on the east side of Fraser Street between E. 29 and E. 30th; four more trees continuing around the corner on the north side of E.30. In full bloom on April 22, 2012.
     

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    There are at least two of these.
     
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    I took a bunch of pictures of these on April 20th, but in the time it took me to 1) wait for my camera to download into my photostream, and 2) look up the name of this cultivar, Anne beat me to it - nice shots, Anne. Here is one more to see the size of the blossoms, which are quite spectacular:

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    Laura Blumenthal Active Member 10 Years

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    The block of 'Ukon' cherries on 29th Ave. from Knight Street one block East is currently spectacular. I did not take a picture as I didn't think my iPhone would do them justice, but they have been previously posted on this thread.
     
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    I think this 'Avium Plena' at 747 E. 24th Avenue just East of Fraser has not been previously documented. I took this picture on May 8th, but I couldn't get a close-up of the blossoms because they're so high up:

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    Also, although all the 'Kanzans' in the neighbourhood have pretty much dropped all their petals, this 'Shirofugen' on the East side of Windsor just south of 31st Avenue, across from Grey's Park, is still hanging in there. You can see some of the phosporescence in a couple of these photos, too. These photos were taken on May 9th.

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    Kensington's only reported Autumnalis at Fraser and 29th is now gone, thanks to new development on the site, which did replace it with more than a dozen cherry tree, all Amanogawas.
     
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    More than a fair trade, and not just in numbers!
     
  15. Laura Blumenthal

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    The Whitcombs in the church parking lot at 18th & Knight, previously posted in Post #90, are looking quite good. Wendy says they're about 20% in bloom:

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    We also visited the block of Whitcombs and Accolades between 21st & 22nd on Dumfries, previously posted several times:

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    Last but not least, we visited the block of Dumfries between 32nd & 33rd, where we saw Accolades and at least one Whitcomb:

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    I was with Laura when we saw these, and was really interested in that second photo, that shows the 'Whitcomb' flowers growing from shoots from the ground. The old trees nearby appear to be grafted (see posting #12). So how did we get 'Whitcomb' shoots?
     
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    The three Whitcombs and four Accolades on Dumfries between E. 22nd and E.21st are in bloom, March 16, 2013. One Accolade already shedding blossoms.
     

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    Kensington's Pandora in bloom at Victoria and E. 26 on March 28, 2013. The tree doesn't look as well as in previous years as there are more branches with no blooms.
     

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    Afterglow, 6 trees glowing on both sides of Elgin, E. 26-27 on March 30, 2013. Leaves are emerging with flower buds and the blossoming is ahead of the 3 Akebonos with which it shares the block. Last photo shows the Akebono bloom for comparison.
     

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    Akebono at NE corner of Windsor and E. 24th (Glen Park) is in full bloom on March 31, 2013.
     

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    The Akebonos lining E. 22nd Avenue eastward from Windsor to Glen are in full bloom on March 31, 2013.
     

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    As some houses have cherry trees in a yard, these two trees have a house in their yard on the north side of E. 35th Avenue, just west of Knight Street. Beni-shidare is in full bloom and waiting for Yae Beni-shidare to catch up on March 31, 2013.
     

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    Gawky cherry trees that only a mother cherry tree could love. Nonetheless the two puny Sargentii Hybrids on the east side of Windsor, north of E. 33rd, still give it all they've got on March 31, 2013. One is starting to shed, but still looks better than the Rancho (last 4 photos).
     

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    I would ID this as 'Somei-yoshino', by the tree shape and the coarseness of the branches. Or at least, another tree I'm calling 'Somei-yoshino' looks like this. (Another scout tried this line recently and it didn't work for him - am I getting away with it?). It's been posted before but not given an ID. The previous photos (April 18, 2012) don't make me change my mind.

    Those trees on Knight St are worth a trip to see when they're both in bloom.
     

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