Sakura in Mid-Spring: ‘Kanzan’

Prunus ‘Kanzan’ blooming in a park at my workplace during the Easter weekend:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Regarded one of the most ornamental of the flowering cherries, Prunus ‘Kanzan’ is a striking deciduous tree with several seasons of interest. In spring, it produces an amazing profusion of rich pink, double flowers, 2.5 inches wide (6 cm), held in pendent clusters. They appear before the leaves unfold. Each blossom is packed with 20-30 petals. Since ‘Kanzan’ is sterile, they will not be followed by fruit. Reddish-copper as they emerge, the serrate, ovate leaves mature to dark green in summer, forming a dense canopy casting shade below. In fall, they warm up to various shades of orange and bronze before dropping. A graceful ornamental tree with an upright, vase-shaped habit, which can be planted in containers, along walks and streets and also be used as a bonsai specimen.”

Source: Gardenia

Sakura in Mid Spring: Prunis ‘Ichiyo’

Here is a very poetic description that I am quoting verbatim because it is perfection, like this beautiful flowering cherry tree:

With flowers resembling a ballerina’s petticoat, award-winning Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ is a small, deciduous tree of spreading habit, with gracefully ascending main branches.

 
 

Opening from pink buds, profuse double, shell pink flowers appear in mid to late spring. Held in pendulous, long-stalked clusters of 3-4 flowers, they fade almost to white as they age.

 
 

The blooms are quite large, up to 2 inches across (5 cm), and they count up to 16-22 petals, nicely arranged around an open heart.

 
 

Emerging pale bronze-green, the leaves turn deep green in summer to create a fresh canopy and warm up to orange and red in fall.

 
 

‘Ichiyo’ means ‘one leaf’ in Japanese, in reference to the presence of a leaf-like pistil in the heart of the flower.

 
 

Information source: Gardenia.

A Year in Flowers: The First Days of Spring

Inspired by the arrival of spring and this @floretflower Instagram post, I am going to begin a new project: documenting the gardening year in flowers. Even though I’ve been regularly posting botanical images for the past several years, I’ve not been systematic, disciplined or fully intentional about my creative practice and there have been gaps of weeks, if not a month or more between entries. Although I would like to publish daily, because of all my other commitments and activities, I will set the bar lower and aim to post weekly, although each entry may contain more than one image and include more than one day.

Blooming now in neighbourhood gardens:

Muscari armeniacum (Grape Hyacinths)

Crocus vernus (Spring Crocus)

Prunus subhirtella ‘Whitcomb’ (Whitcomb Cherry)