This year we're teaming up again with Saint Paul Parks & Recreation to add a few more flowering cherry trees at the Mannheimer Memorial in historic Como Park.
Last year, we had the great honor of taking care of the Spring Wonder flowering cherries (Prunus sargentii 'Hokkaido Normandal') prior to the planting that celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the original donation to the United States from Japan in 1912.
I finally got our stereoscope linked up with our digital camera and thought to share some VERY close up photos from our flowering cherry collection. Photos like this really help me appreciate the wonder of spring and how great and beautiful things are possible from such simple beginnings!
Kwanzan (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan')
Both Kwanzan and Yoshino flower cherry trees have long-standing popularity throughout the warmer regions of the USA. With warmer winters and success with other species released for USDA Hardiness Zone 5, these are definitely worth a try in the Twin Cities. We can't wait to see if these trees will put on a beautiful display of double pink blossoms!
Pink Flair arrived in Minnesota via a donation from J. Frank Schmit & Son nursery in Boring, OR. It is a P. sargentii just like the Spring Wonder trees planted last year, and both have exquisite single pink blossoms.
Stay tuned for updates on the flowering cherry plantings at Mannheimer and for news on the activities planned for 2013.