This week Trinity Bellwood's Sakura cherry trees are in bloom! Both the group planted in the spring of 2010 in the south end and the new four-tree grove planted last fall in the north end of the park are in full blush of bloom.
According to the Japanese Consulate, who donated the trees to the park, the ones with the pinkish hue (left photo) are Prunus x yedoenis "Akebono" and the ones with the whitish hue are Prunus x yedoenis "Yoshino". It looks like most of the pinkish ones -- with much thicker twigloads of blossoms -- are to the north of the path, and the whiter ones to the south of the path. There are always a few very small cherry fruits in these trees although they are ornamentals.
Although just transplanted last fall, the four new Sakura cherry trees in the north end are also blossoming. They are sited just north of where the park's lone, ailing Shagbark Hickory was located before being removed last summer -- you can see the circle of dirt behind them where the Shagbark and its circular stone wall was.
It's called EMERGENT STRUCTURES : 24/7 Video Installation
by Linda Dervishaj & Victoria Taylor
April 4 to May 16
Weaving together hundreds of images shot during six weeks of spring 2012 in Trinity Bellwoods Park Toronto, the work celebrates changes in form, colour and context during this transcendent phase in the life cycle of trees.
Fantastic news: at least eight (update: 20!) of Trinity Bellwoods Park's 94 ash trees (Fraxinus) have been marked for possible innoculation against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) which is devastating Ontario's ash trees.
We're told that some of those marked, but not necessarily all (budget will dictate), will be injected with TreeAzin™ later this summer or early next. The newly funded EAB unit at Parks is currently innoculating in more at-risk areas of the city. TreeAzin™ is a Systemic Insecticide produced from extracts of Neem Tree seeds (Azadiracta indica), (but is not neem oil) which has been 95% successfull in making ash trees unattractive to the bug and therefore safe. Each tree needs to be innoculated every two years until and if the EAB abates so it's abit of a time and $ commitment.
It's almost here -- our annual, group love-in of our wonderful 37 acres of green space! Come spend a few hours gardening and planting and helping to care for the park, or drop by for a shorter time to lend a hand or sign up to water a tree this summer.
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park's
WHEN: This Sunday June 10th, 10 am to 1 pm RAIN OR SHINE
WHERE: Behind the Rec Centre, look for the green canopy near the Greenhouse
Slowly but surely we shall overcome that rampant burdock and its dog-hair mangling habits....! Thanks to all that came out and cut and dug burdock today.
One such person had the useful thought that carrying a pair of garden pruners in your pocket and hacking a few burdock plants down every day while Fido cavorts would be long-term helpful.....