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Yesterday’s news – ‘Accolade’

March 19, 2024. We are still doing pink, but here are flowers with more than five petals. ‘Accolade’ flowers are described as semi-double. These are now in bloom locally everywhere. This photo was sent to us by Eagle Chiang, a fellow photographer checking out the trees on 5th and Nootka. We like to quote Kobayashi Issa, who lived from 1763-1827: “there is no stranger under the cherry tree…”

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Yesterday’s news – ‘Beni-shidare’

March 17, 2024. The third of what is turning out to be a series of single pink blossoms is ‘Beni-shidare’. You won’t confuse these cascades of pink blossoms with ‘Whitcomb’ or ‘Okame’, which trees have a more upright shape. It also should be at least a few weeks later than the previous two.

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Yesterday’s news – ‘Okame’

March 9, 2024. ‘Okame’ cherries, which were also hard-hit by the January freeze here, are doing well in the cooler neighbourhoods where the buds were not out yet in January. They are, however, not commonly planted here. This photo is from Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, a short ferry ride away.

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Yesterday’s News – ‘Whitcomb’

March 6, 2024. Even though most of the earliest to bloom ‘Whitcomb’ cherry trees were hard hit by the January freeze, there were some nice-looking blossoms, sparsely distributed on most of the trees. Here is a recent photo from Richmond.

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20240304 Hazlebridge Alexandra Whitcomb Willard IMG_7963