Sunday, April 17, 2011
Photo left: Cherry blossoms in downtown Vancouver last week
Below: Magnolias opening in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
In our area, spring is the most beautiful season for plants. We have a mild climate and the acidic soil that promotes a breathtaking spring display of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.
We also have a festival of cherry blossoms. All the old neighbourhoods are lined with well-established flowering cherries, now laden with spring bloom. To maximize the pleasure of the flowers, smart city planners alternated the plantings on many streets so that as the early blossoms fade, the later ones are just coming into bloom.