See the cherry blossoms here, instead

In 2020, if a cherry blossom blooms in the city, and there’s no one to see – will it still look pretty? Yes. It will. But you won’t be there this year, will you? Even Sakura Watch is on pause to discourage folks from social the-opposite-of-distancing when the cherries bloom in High Park.

So, while you’re home sheltering in place, sit back in your comfy chair and enjoy these from 2019 at the Toronto Botanical Garden – plus a few from other rambles. At any time, click a picture for the full-size slide show.

Toronto Botanical Garden has a few cherry trees – the first in this post is here on the east side of the valley. The picture that opens our post is on the valley’s west side, near the teaching garden.
Small but glorious – in a lucky moment with no people showing.

Confession: I’ve never seen the High Park Sakura trees in bloom. First, they’re on the wrong side (ha ha!) of the city. Second, who wants to fight the crowds, even before the scourge of COVID-19! But, when it’s safe to do so, the city includes many other places to see cherry blossoms.

A bee’s-eye view…
Ah! Close enough to pollinate!

After inhaling the view on the east side of the botanical garden, I wandered off to explore the valley – what has been known as Edwards Gardens, but is now being incorporated into the Toronto Botanical Garden. Actually, I was looking for rhododendrons and the TBG Teaching Garden. But not far away were the trees below. On the left, below, a photographer. On the right, the view that probably enthralled her.

Part of what makes these ephemeral flowers so alluring is the way they’re changed by the angle and light.

Here, lit from the side, they’re like pink sequins on a dark robe.
Backlit against the blue sky, they’re the softest watercolour.

Don’t be fooled by the relative lack of people. Only patience and a quick shutter finger allowed me to avoid them. However, I wish I’d been allowed to be less devious about sneaking the photo below.

You’ll just have to imagine a shot of this lovely girl in her silk robe, framed by cherry blossoms (instead of traffic cones).

In search of photo ops, I made our walking group detour to find local blossom spots last year. Yes, I’m bossy that way. We found some in a small patch near Cherry Street and Villiers. In Woodbine Park, also in the east end, some juvenile trees have been planted near the pond. Hopefully, we’ll be out of quarantine by they time they’re big enough to put on a real show.

The Cherry/Villiers site had about 20 cherry trees blooming in April 2019.

And, for real showiness, it’s hard to beat the big, fat pompoms of a double cherry. Some from my travels, far and near.

Taiwan cherries in Taichung, Taiwan. In February (gasp!), 2014.

At the edge of Niagara Parks Botanical Garden, in April 2012. [ID, possibly Prunus ‘Kanzan’]
Does this help take the edge off your craving for cherries this year? Let’s hope next year brings better things. Stay well, friends!


    1. More and more cherry trees are being planted around the GTA, thank goodness. After our prolonged winters, spring blossoms are sooooo welcome.

    1. Thankfully, our local botanical gardens have opened up gradually. But even my Microgarden has been a great place to find the outdoors – essential in 2020.

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