Accolade splendour at Vancouver City Hall

I went to visit the Accolade cherry trees at Vancouver city hall. They are now in full bloom. Petals are not even falling yet.

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Accolade at Chilco park

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.

Mink Chocolates afternoon tea

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.

 

Whitcomb Ayshire court

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.

Whitcomb cherry trees at Nicola and Pendrell

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 2016

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

Akebono peak on Manitoba street (39th ave.)

 

After my visit to Queen Elizabeth Park, I headed for Manitoba street (corner of 39th) to see two rows of Akebono cherry trees that extend up to 43rd street.

The trees are small, but if you get the right angle, you can still get good photos and excellent close-ups.

When I reached 41st Ave., I turned to face north and was thrilled to see the peak of the North Shore Mountains at the end of the street between rows of cherry blossoms. (There are electric wires in the way, but it’s still a nice photo op)