It's only mid-February, but with cherry blossoms and other flowers already blooming across B.C.'s Lower Mainland, spring is definitely in the air — and our floral photography is blooming too.
(In contrast, most of southern Ontario is suffering in bitterly cold Arctic air and much of the Maritimes and Eastern Quebec remain entombed in ice and snow.)
Some of them are truly beautiful. But don't take our word for it. Have a look in the photogallery!
Vancouver's cherry tree history
The trees were planted at the Japanese cenotaph in Stanley Park in honour of Japanese Canadians who served in the First World War.
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In 1958, 300 more cherry trees were donated by Japanese consul Muneo Tanabe as an "an eternal memory of good friendship between our two nations."
The ornamental trees were planted along Cambie Boulevard, between 33rd and 49th avenues and in Queen Elizabeth Park.
When the park board did an audit of its street tree inventory in 1990, nearly 36 per cent of the city's 89,000 street trees were of the Prunus genus — the flowering plum and cherry tree.