13.4.12

Toronto blooming cherries, plums, and magnolias


Reasons to visit Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the spring


Blooming flowering Amanogawa Japanese cherry tree at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Prunus serrulata "Amanogawa" in bloom

When you really think about it, a cemetery is a great place to appreciate trees any time of the year. I don't find it morbid at all!

Right now, members of the Prunus genus are strutting their stuff, to mix metaphors, and since my last post "Sakura dreams: Cherry blossoms at the University of Toronto" seems popular, why not give the reading public more of what they want? My family and I spent a few hours bike riding (them) and staring at the spring blooms (me) recently on a beautiful afternoon at the cemetery. I think this beats going to the mall any day!



Prunus serrulata Amanogawa Japanese Flowering Cherry blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto garden blog
Prunus serrulata "Amanogawa"
 Japanese Flowering Cherry blooms
at Mount Pleasant Cemetery


Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto rivals any local arboretum. Many visitors jog, ride their bikes, pay their respects, and a few, like me, wander around appreciating the foliage and flowers. Spring and fall are special times to visit for the botanically-inclined.




The "Amanogawa" tree above is a memorial for this gentleman who I think, um, was a Who fan.

Food for thought: if you were to pick a memorial tree for yourself, what would it be and why?


Blooming Leonard Messel magnolia at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Fleeting beauty, eternal rest
Nearby, a Leonard Messel magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri "Leonard Messel")  was in full bloom.

I didn't crop out the statue and marker since the grave does reinforce the idea that the blooms, like ourselves, are only here for a short time. We might as well enjoy ourselves and others while the opportunity exists!


Weeping American plum Prunus americana in bloom at Mount Pleasant Cemetery  by  garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Smells heavenly! Prunus americana in full bloom
I don't find the Japanese flowering cherries very fragrant. This can't be said for the several weeping American plums found in the cemetery. Prunus americana has a sweet odour and the specimens here were covered by pollinators (bees and flies that are, bad pun intended, wanna-bees) hungry for nectar.


White American plum Prunus americana blossoms in detail at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Detail of American plum blooms 


My two kids in a flowering Japanese cherry in full bloom at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
My two special blossoms tucked in there


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