I was so surprised to come back from ten days in Washington, DC and find that I hadn't missed everything. There are still lots of blossoms around town. There was not a blossom to be seen in Washington (ok, there were three blossoms total). Maybe they don't grow 'Shirofugen' there - I know they had a very early year this year, but still, 'Shirofugen' should be good for a month. Here, many of the 'Kanzan' still have some colour, particularly in North Van and the colder areas of Vancouver, and the 'Shirofugen' look excellent almost everywhere (and are not yet in bloom up the mountain at Simon Fraser University). 'Kiku-zakura' is looking good, as is 'Hizakura'. 'Amanogawa' and 'Shujaku' are past their prime but are attractive from a short distance.
Joseph Lin was busy while we were gone. He found only the second known 'Jo-nioi
' individual in town (these are Joseph's photos),
and the jury is still out on whether its companion tree
is just the best-looking 'Takasago' in town, or something else entirely (also Joseph's photos).
Nadia in White Rock has documented
a tree Douglas Justice knew about that might or might not be 'Imose', a new cultivar for our list (Nadia's photos).
Nadia also found a Korean Hill Cherry
, in my own 'hood, no less.
Now I'm off for another week, and really don't expect to find anything other than 'Shirofugen' in bloom when I return.