West End / Stanley Park

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Considering all the griping about how cold it has been (nowhere near freezing) and how late everything is (it has been a normal year), I was completely taken by surprise to see @Egan Davis's beautiful photo posted for ID, of 'Ichiyo' flowers downtown, see Atsumori? It's Ichiyo. So I went to visit one of my local 'Ichiyo' locations, and sure enough, they're almost in full bloom. The West End lanes were just named this year and have made it to google maps, so I can easily describe these as being on Ted Northe Lane between Cardero and Nicola.
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    Sue Wagner Active Member VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Also surprising is the appearance of blooms near the top of the 'Shiro-fugen' on the corner of Beach and Thurlow. Lower down, where I could take a picture, the buds look like the second picture below. It does seem a little earlier than usual. Interestingly, just across the street on the northeast corner, one can still see some 'Accolade' flowers which have been showing up since Christmas.

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It's supposed to be warm next week. They'll be open then. At Cardero and Comox, the 'Shiro-fugen' on Cardero has a lot of open flowers. Around the corner, no open flowers. But fat buds.
    The festival puts on a big lighted trees event, but you've found a naturally-occurring one.
     
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    Nice Akebono fading blooms now at the intersection of the bike path under Georgia St and the seawall by Coal Harbour on the walking path to the propeller sculpture.
     

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here they are. It's still the case that the one around the corner has no open flowers.
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    Here is the 'Ukon' of a thousand names. Well, only three or four, until we decided that's it's just 'Ukon' after all, with more green than others, some years. Not this year. 1234 Barclay Street.
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    Joseph Lin Active Member 10 Years

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    This tall white flowering cherry tree with mostly semi-double flowers and few simple flowers with green leaves is located near 1500 Pendrell St., is this Shirotae?
     

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    Yes it is. One 'Shirotae' between two 'Umineko'. I complained about a 'Shirotae' having such an upright shape in the first year or so I started looking at them. It's kind of shaded and hemmed in by the building and the other trees.
     
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    Yes. See posting #94 and #403.
     
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    Just south of the Shangri La Hotel on Alberni is a fading bloom of cherry blossoms. Higher up though, there appears to be a rooftop grove of possibly cherry blossoms (hopefully not Kanzans which would grow too big for the roof, might be magnolias) but someone in that building would be better able to determine this. The aerial view shows what many high rise residents see in the expanding west end rooftop urban forest. Maybe we do drone tours next year?
     

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    I love the aerial views! I believe there are cherry trees on top of the Scotiabank Theatre building on SE corner of Burrard and Smithe. Most likely Kanzan.
     
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    'Gyoiko' at the Pitch and Putt Golf Course in Stanley Park are in peak bloom NOW. Not as vibrant green colour as previous years, but still beautiful. Worth a look.

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    'Shujaku' in Stanley Park is nearing the end of bloom. Still pretty in morning light.

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    One showy 'Shiro-fugen' at the Sylvia Hotel on Gilford and Beach - well lit at night.

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    Two beautiful 'Shiro-fugen' at Kensington Place on Nicola north of Beach. Looking splendid.

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    It's 'Shiro-fugen' season in Stanley Park. Nice grove near the Japanese Memorial.

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I have a matching blossom photo. It's too bad that 'Shiro-fugen' bloom with such dark leaves that dull the impression of the trees. The colour up close is very different.
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    A fine looking 'Kiku-zakura' on Robson, east of Chilco. Don't miss it before it's finished.

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    Hanami at Sunset Beach today under the 'Shirofugen'. Who says the festival is over?

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Two weeks later, half the flowers are dried up, half of those still hanging on the tree, but the other half still look good and the impression is still of a tree very much in bloom.
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    Well, I posted on the festival's Blooming Now page that everything is finished for this year, but it's not. June is weirdness month for 'Shiro-fugen' flowers. These are along English Bay, down from Jervis. There are not a lot of flowers, but they are noticeable from 20 meters, maybe more, and most of them are pretty strange. I couldn't decide which photo I liked among the last three.
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    I like the middle photo.
     
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    I posted those same trees near Sunset Beach on May 12, 2018. It is really weird that they are still flowering 1 month later.
     

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