As some other websites have noted, it’s not going to be a good year for the sakura in High Park. The unusually cold spring weather seems to have steered a lot of buds to go straight to leaves rather than blossoms. Here is a tree at the top of the hill, photo taken on Thursday. At that point in time, I couldn’t see a single bloom on any of the trees, although most of them were still at the budding stage. If you go this weekend, at most you’re going to see only a few sparse blooms.
As a preview, I generally follow some cherry trees on Shanly St. that usually bloom about 10 days before High Park. Only a few blooms and mostly leaves.
Compare this with 2014:
There are more sakura at Robarts Library. The southernmost trees have the best display.
The double row is just starting to bloom, although further on, many of the trees are showing mostly leaves.
Again, compare with 2014.
The best hope is that by next weekend, some of the trees in High Park will be in bloom, but the display won’t be nearly as good as what we’ve had in the past few years.