Under the cherry blossoms

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Under the cherry blossoms / None are / Utter strangers. — Issa

Submit your cherry blossom haiku to the VCBF haiku Invitational.

 

 

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Shogetsu – end of season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms are turning pink, as they do when it’s the end of the season.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

The green leaves have grown bigger. You can see the teeth on the edge of the leaves.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

We’re approaching the end of the season for Shogetsu cherry trees in Vancouver. The petals are starting to fall and, soon, the blossoms will follow.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms are prettier when they are white, but if you find the right angle, you can still make pretty pictures of the blossoms turning pink.

 

Compare with the pictures of the freshly opened Shogetsu cherry blossoms from April 27, 2013

Blossom Book

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

This beautiful blossom book was sent to us by Terry Ann Carter who ran the handmade books workshop during Sakura Days.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

Each page is a blossom decorated with a colorful Urban Tea Merchant postcard.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

Each postcard features a haiku by one of the VCBF Haiku Invitational 2012 winners.

 

Handmade blossom book by Terry Ann Carter

To complete the binding: make two hole punches and insert an elastic grasping the small twig on the other side to hold the book together.

 

Sakura Days April 7 2013 Haiku at the GlassHouse

This book is a great memento since these were the same blossoms that decorated the glasshouse during Sakura Days. At the end of the event,  Terry Ann asked if she could have some blossoms to make a handmade book. How lovely to see the result. Thanks Terry Ann for this beautiful keepsake.

Crab apples

Although the festival has ended, the cherry trees are carrying on with their beauty – still some Ukon, Avium Plena and Shogetsu, pink Kanzan snow all over the streets, and Shirofugen carrying the torch on into June.

At this time of year, crab apples are everywhere in Vancouver and people are confusing them with cherries.

Crabapples

Crab apples. The bark does not have the distinctive horizontal stripes (lenticels) that you will find on cherry trees.

 

Crabapples

The crab apples are mostly small, round-shaped densely branched trees with green leaves fully out about a month before the buds are clearly visible.

 

Crabapples

The dense clusters of bright red buds that stand out against the green leaves make the tree look like some sort of Christmas ornament.
Crab apples have round red buds. The sepals don’t curl back and there are five round holes in the centre of the blossom where the petals narrow to a claw.

 

Crabapples

Crab apples.

 

Crabapples

On some varieties of crab apples, the smallish single white blossoms are an anti-climax, though the trees still look interesting with both buds and open blossoms.

 

Crabapples

Crab apples are very beautiful, but they are not cherry blossoms.

 

You can learn more about crab apples on the UBC Forum:
Crab Apples – red buds, white blossoms, green leaves, late cherry season

PS Soon the hawthorns will be out too. They have deeply lobed leaves in a kind of triangle shape, and some thorns.

(Source: information provided by Wendy Cutler)