According to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Cherry Tracker,” most of the cherry blossoms are now in full or post-peak bloom. You can still head over now to see the last of them as their petals scatter.
Can’t make it soon enough? You can keep track via the garden’s website, which is updated daily, and experience nature’s beauty virtually through gorgeous photos and videos.
This breathtaking video especially caught our eye last week, showcasing a walk through the Cherry Esplanade.
The Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk feature more than 76 flowering specimens, and many are the double blossoms of the Prunus ‘Kanzan.’ Most cherry blossoms only have 5 petals, however, this variation has up to 28 petals on each bloom. These trees are usually the last to bloom. That’s why this is a bit of a ‘finale act’ for the blossoms!
Though this is the end of the bloom season, there isn’t a set time when they all reach their peak. According to BBG, “No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once.”
The online “Cherry Watch” will show you exactly which areas of the garden are in “prebloom, “first bloom,” “peak bloom,” and “post-peak bloom.” Then, you’re able to click on each tree and see what type of cherry it is, from the white Prunus ‘Accolade’ to the bright pink Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’.
You can also take an older virtual tour of the Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk here, as well as a virtual tour of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
And as the last of the cherry blossom petals fall, we can look forward to all of the beautiful upcoming blooms such as peonies, bluebells, azaleas, and wisteria!
Also published on Medium.