Accolade cherry trees at Chilco park are now in full bloom. On the ground, there are flowers fallen face down and other fallen face up. After a careful observation I noticed little birds in the cherry tree were cutting blossoms while searching for food in the tree. Whole cherry blossoms were falling at a very rapid rate. Plop. Plop. All around me.
After attending the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kick-off concert, I went to Mink Chocolates. During cherry blossoms season, it’s my favourite place to have tea since you have a view of Akebono cherry trees from the window. The trees are full of buds and just about to bloom.
For some reason, I noticed the words Trudeau (the name of our prime minister) written at the bottom of the cup. Click on the pictures to increase the size.
Cherry trees are blooming later than usual due to a cold winter (lots of snow fell on Vancouver this year). In Burnaby North, Whitcomb cherry trees are barely open. I’d say they’re about 2-3 weeks behind, if we compare to last year. There are currently only 1% of blossoms opened on the Whitcomb cherry trees at Ayshire Court (corner of Aubrey). It’s mostly just cherry buds.
You can always count on the Whitcomb cherry trees located at Nicola and Pendrell to announce the beginning of the Vancouver cherry blossom season: they’re the first cherry trees to bloom in the city.
The Whitcomb cherry blossoms at this location are currently 40% open. They appear a little bit later than usual, probably due to all the snow that’s fallen in Vancouver in the past months.
I was very lucky to get there on a sunny day: the pink blossoms are lovely with a blue sky.
Fallen blossoms are also quite beautiful.
I’ll be blogging for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blog again this year. I guess this means the season as officially started. Happy cherry blossom viewing!
Sakura Illuminations took place in Stanley Park, at the Japanese Memorial, on the evening of April 1 2016. This activity was presented by the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and HFour Design and was attended by over 1,000 people. Lanterns were lit in the Shirotae cherry trees and lights were projected onto the tree canopy. It was a beautiful evening.
Photos: Jessica Tremblay