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Discussion in 'VCBF Neighbourhood Blogs' started by Sarah Ellis, Mar 16, 2008.
Um ... where are they, Wendy?
Thanks for the question. I have reviewed the festival map (click the map photo on this page) and have moved the trees to what I think is the proper location. I've also added the ones to the right as you enter [edited]QE park from Cambie at 33rd as a separate marker. So the 'Akebono'are on either side of 33rd (with one 'Somei-yoshino' on the north side) , in the park on the Cambie side. The Duck Pond is on the north side of the park, on the parking road that's in the park. It's pretty much south of (up the hill from) the new light on 29th near the Millenium Sports Centre and the entrance to the Hillcrest Community Centre.
Sorry - I still don't get it:
1) What park?
2) Where are the ranchos?
Right, I added the location for the one 'Rancho'. Mouse-over does say where, but I do want to have locations in the text. It does say QE Park (that's Queen Elizabeth Park) for the others.
The two trees of Mikuruma-gaeshi are in bloom April 10, 2013 on the south side of W. 37th, west of Elizabeth St., right across from Queen Elizabeth Park. One tree seems to have almost Tai Haku size flowers; however, the sepals seem on the small side.
See last photo: an almost 5 cm. MG flower compared to smaller Shirotae flowers whose sepals are about the same size as MG sepals.
The Sargent Cherry, O-yama-zakura, is finishing its bloom in Queen Elizabeth Park's W. 33rd parking lot on April 10, 2013.
In the first picture, you can see the Akebono trees in the distance to the left.
Half-hidden by other trees, the Stellata Cherry is quietly starting its bloom for Queen Elizabeth Park on April 10, 2013. The shadows give its blossoms a mauve cast. Flower petals are about to roll into their star shapes. Access is from the paved path heading up from the Duck Pond. Keep looking on your left after you see the three Yae-beni-shidares.
Three new Yae-beni-shidares are in bloom in Queen Elizabeth Park on April 10, 2013. Access is by the paved pathway at the Duck Pond. Follow it up and see them on your left.
From the pigeon point-of-view, here is the cherry blossom scene around the Duck Pond in Queen Elizabeth Park on April 10, 2013.
The Umineko trees are still in bloom, the two Shirotae trees are in full bloom, and the Akebono trees among the Magnolias are finishing.
Not sure what this is - sure looks like an Akebono, staminode and all, but not even close to being finished blooming, just north of Queen Elizabeth Park at Dinmont & Peveril - could it be a Mikuruma gaeshi?
And there's a new baby Akebono (I think) in front of the Hillcrest Rec Centre, which somebody else probably already documented:
Very beautiful set of three kiku-shidare-zakura coming into bloom in Queen Elizabeth Park. These three are off on there own, a bit away from the other cherries. Enter the park from the 33rd Avenue entrance and take the first right (go past the first pay parking lot). The cherries will be on your left. Just park on the street in the park. You can see them from the group of Akebono if you look south.
Queen Elizabeth Park's seven trees of Ukon are blooming April 17, 2013. Access is by the E.33rd/Ontario entrance into the park. The trees are along the fence of the Pitch and Putt golf course.
The two trees of Pink Perfection are starting their bloom in Queen Elizabeth Park, W. 37th parking entrance on April 17, 2013.
Prince Edward Street between E. 24th and King Edward has a Shirotae tree on the west side and an Akebono on the east, both finishing their bloom on April 19, 2013.
In the front entrance and yard of Tupper Secondary, north side E. 24th, east side of Prince Edward are: Shirotae, Kanzan and Birch bark Cherry (Prunus serrula). April 19, 2013.
I have to do a better job of this, but this will give an idea. There are a lot of 'Kanzan' between Sophia and Carolina, 17th to 24th. I sent Festival Director Linda Poole to 17th and Sophia, and she phoned back to say it was the best viewing location for 'Kanzan'. Cherries here go in every direction from the corner. They run from Main to Prince Edward and on Sophia from 16th to 19th.
18th is pretty good, also at Sophia. Actually, the 'Kanzan' display runs all the way east to Fraser.
21st, from Sophia to Main
22nd, from Carolina to Prince Edward
Well, you get the idea. I'll probably need another posting to get all the ones I need for the map.
Mikuruma-gaeshi finishing its bloom in Riley Park, April 19, 2013. One tree at NE corner of W. 30th and Ash. One tree at 168 Peveril and Dinmont.
Finishing April 19, 2013 along Talisman, Dinmont to Yukon, one tree of Mikuruma-gaeshi and two-and-a half of Takasago.
One more 'Kanzan' location for the map from that area in posting #92. 'Kanzan' run on Carolina from 17th to 24th.
Well, one more. Two more. On St. George, the block between 21st and 22nd, and across King Edward, for at least a block. It was out of scope for the walk I was leading, but we could see them from the north side of Tupper school.
Here's a somewhat closer view of those 'Kanzan' on St George south from King Edward. It looks like they run forever - in street view, it looks like they go till 28th. I see in a previous posting that the next block, 28th-29th has more 'Kanzan' and some 'Shirofugen' and then 30th -31st has 'Umineko', no longer in bloom.
Today, the walkers meetup group did the area between Cambie and Main, 26th to 29th. Though there are not a lot of cherries in this area, we found several late bloomers. Kanzan run both sides for a block on 26th from Quebec to Ontario and on Quebec from 28th to 29th.
This block of 28th from Peveril to Ontario is enhanced by a lovely curve in the road, allowing you to see a large sweep of the 'Kanzan' trees on both sides.
There are just two 'Kanzan' on the east side of Yukon at 28th and one across Yukon, but they're appealing as you approach them, particularly since there seem to be no other cherries in bloom right around there. We were walking south, hadn't reached the avium 'Plena' on 29th yet.
Here's one of the avium 'Plena' - a very grand old tree.
And one 'Shirofugen' on the north side of 28th near Cambie.
Just two cherry finds west of Main today. This young 'Shirofugen' on the boulevard on the north side of 23rd between Yukon and Columbia. A little extra-curricular interest while you're there, this stretch of 23rd from Yukon to Ontario has many Pterocarya stenoptera, Chinese Wingnuts, that were planted in 2000.
And I didn't photograph the totally finished 'Kanzan' lining both sides of 23rd from Ontario to Quebec.
April 1, and the hanami parties have already started under the Queen Somei-Yoshino at Queen Elizabeth Park, but over at the northeastern boundary of the park, by the Pitch 'n Putt and among the grove of Ukons is this lone Yoshino.
Avium 'Plena' are in full bloom along 29th east of Cambie, just across from Queen Elizabeth Park.