April 13, 2012

Toronto blooming cherries, plums, and magnolias


Reasons to visit Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the spring


Blooming flowering Accolade Japanese cherry tree at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Prunus "Accolade" 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 "Accolade"
 Japanese Flowering Cherry blooms
at Mount Pleasant Cemetery


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

Japanese Flowering Cherry Prunus Accolade sakura blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Japanese Flowering Cherry
Prunus "Accolade" sakura blooms
at Mount Pleasant Cemetery 


Mount Pleasant Cemetery Japanese Flowering Cherry Prunus Accolade sakura blossoms by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Japanese Flowering Cherry
 Prunus "Accolade" sakura blossoms

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

Prunus Accolade Japanese Flowering Cherry sakura blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Prunus "Accolade"
Japanese Flowering Cherry
sakura 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. The label is actually incorrect as "Amanogawa" is very columnar. (My best guess is this is Prunus "Accolade".)

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 
(American or wild plum) 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 

American Plum Prunus americana blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
American Plum (Prunus americana)
blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

American Plum Prunus americana spring blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
American Plum (Prunus americana)
spring blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery 

American Plum Prunus americana spring flowers at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
American Plum (Prunus americana)
spring flowers at Mount Pleasant Cemetery 

Prunus americana American Plum spring blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Prunus americana (American Plum)
spring blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Weeping American Plum Prunus americana blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery by garden muses--not another Toronto gardening blog
Weeping American Plum (Prunus americana)
blooms at Mount Pleasant Cemetery

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