Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Countdown to our Humungous Historic Heart Hammering Hanami Happiness Here in Historic Wooster Square!

Sharpen your Pencils, Precious Pink Pursuing People! Time for some...

"Blossom Mathematics"

The proverbial clock is ticking for Historic Wooster Square's Cherry Blossoms. Spring arrived and we were once again stepped on by C"old" man winter on his way out. Another 6 inches of snow. But it has been a bit warmer and snow has melted. 

Happy Spring 2015
A snowy first day!

The sun is higher in the sky and the days are longer.
You can't keep a good blossom down! Our annual Pink and White delights will soon bring swoons.

Of course, the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival will top off the celebration! This years date is Sunday, April 26th from noon to 5pm. 

Lot's of fun, arts, food, music and history.

But let's take a look at the process of our Blossomation,(estimate of when the blossoms will be peaking) and my connections to the 
National Park Service 
(important for coordinating confidential, complicated, coldly calculating, calmly questing critically crucial blossom research)
and how we are spot on 
 every year the blog has been published.

I have a 100% accuracy in predicting and reporting when the blossoms will pop, peak and peter out people!** So all you have to do is curl up with your favorite device and follow along. And if you are close enough to come when they are peaking, you'll know exactly when to get in your car and head to World Famous Wooster Square!

**I take pictures and post them almost everyday from start to finish
so if you follow the blog, you won't miss the peak.

 So while I get out the jumper cables to start up the blog mainframe (it was 9 degrees this morning in the Square), take a look around the Square! We can at least enjoy spring, maybe if just in name only!

You can see individual snowflakes
on our bountiful bound up buds!

And then Saturday, the first day of spring we
had some HUGE FLAKES! Look at the blob
on the left below and see the size of that flake(s)!!

White Bombs Blast our Beautiful Buds

Not much pink showing yet...

Lots of blue sky

Nuts, blossoms seem to take forever!

Future Foliage Foto Fun!

Park's perfect of pizza pie picnics

Soft Fuzzies turn into huge Flowers

Still a hint of winter in the air
and on the ground!

Wooster Street Wows Whole Wide World!

Morning melting

History for Sale
#5 Apizza in the country
(a fortune in the making)

How do we predict when our Sweet Sakura's Shine?
Fortunately, the National Park Service's main
Blossom Math guru, Michael Stachowicz, and his staff have a great website, and we share data.
It's an important job Michael has, but they do
have a budget of 2.5 Billion.

Here at the Wooster Square Blossom Blog,
the annual budget is zip zero, zilch, nada.

Click here for EVERYTHING cherry blossom in Washington DC

Michael predicts Washington's famed Cherry Blossoms will be peaking between April 4 - 11.

If you check out the chart below, you can see the dates of the last ten years for their Blossoming
in the famed tidal basin. 

YearGreen BudsFlorets VisibleExtension of FloretsPeduncle ElongationPuffy WhitePeak Bloom
2014Mar 16Mar 23Mar 31Apr 4Apr 7Apr 10
2013Mar 11Mar 17Mar 26Mar 31Apr 4Apr 9
2012Feb 29Mar 8Mar 12Mar 14Mar 15Mar 20
2011Feb 28Mar 9Mar 16Mar 19Mar 22Mar 29
2010Mar 14Mar 19Mar 21Mar 23Mar 26Mar 31
2009Mar 3Mar 12Mar 18Mar 23Mar 27Apr 1
2008Feb 19Mar 11Mar 17Mar 18Mar 24Mar 26
2007Mar 5Mar 20Mar 25Mar 27Mar 28Apr 1
2006Feb 28Mar 13Mar 14Mar 16Mar 22Mar 30
2005Mar 7Mar 22Mar 31Apr 3Apr 4Apr 9
2004Mar 4Mar 12Mar 15Mar 22Mar 27Mar 31

Cross referencing Wooster Square's Peak Poppadge
dates, the Blossom Mainframe then churns out 
the dates to come to Wooster Square for
Hanami Happiness.

Normally, Wooster Square's Blossoms are
15.5 days behind Washington, DC. This will 
put us right on track for our 
April 26 date for Peak here on Hughes Place.

Wooster Square Park is a few days behind.

Monday March 23, 2015

You can see that there is just a hint
of green showing on these buds on Hughes
Place. In Wooster Square some are tighter than
your skinny jeans....waiting for more warmth
and more and more sun!

Compare the above to March 15, 2014 last year.

Last years peak was the 29th...

We are on pace for a late
April Peak Poppadge for 
Historic Wooster Square.

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Stay tuned for fun foliage fireworks!

Make tracks to Wooster Square!

Next up!

Washington DC Tidal Basin
Wooster Square,
New Haven Connecticut
Cherry Blossom Smackdown II!!

See You Round the Square!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Celebrating Totally Tickled PINK, our Titillating Terrific Tetrad here at the Wooster Square Blossom Blog!

World's First Photoblogumentary advising Fellow Flower Followers on 

Historic, World Famous 

Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms!

Pink Nation turns 4 Years Old!
(Hughes Place April 26, 2011 Peak) 

Yes, the WSBB was hatched by my wife Cheryl in 2011.  The Szczarba's, Realtors (Cheryl and her Mom) have been the leading sponsors for the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival for many years.  So...as an aside to the Cherry Blossom Festival co-chair, Charlie Murphy, Cheryl said why doesn't her husband (Me) take photos 
of the Cherry Blossoms Blooming 
everyday and post them on a blog. 

This way, people will know exactly when they peak as well as be a part of the process of experiencing spring and our Blossoms, in a new and exciting way.

April 26, 2011 Peak
(Hughes Place from above)

Now the WSBB is published about twice a month during off peak times. The Wooster Square Blossom Blog publishes almost daily from start to finish when our Sweet Square Sakura's are Blossoming. How is this possible? Anything is possible in the Wonderful World of Wooster Square. You'll also find all you need to know about World Famous New Haven Style Pizza and all 7 of the top 100 pies in the United States, 3 in the top 12, right here in New Haven Connecticut USA!

April 6, 2012 Peak

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April 6, 2012 Peak

The easiest way to follow the Blog is to sign up for email updates in the column on the right. This way you will never miss a post. I also have some of my favorite New Haven links for you to find more information. Want more? Click on some of the favorites Posts and you get an idea of how much fun you can have scrolling, smiling and laughing! Crying no doubt when our Bright Big Beautiful Blossoms go Bust! 

In case you missed the report it recap from New Haven's WTNH and some of the photographers, 

+Chris Velardi , co-anchor of Good Morning Connecticut who did this story, just had
his last day on Friday for bigger and better things.
Good luck Chris and thanks for reporting 
for 15 years at Channel 8. I wonder how many Pepe's or Sally's pies he has consumed over that time?

4-22-2013 Peak

And, as a bonus, we will hear from around the world about the spring that is going on down south and in the Northwest. Vancouver BC? Seems like it should be colder in Canada, eh?

4-22-2103 Peak

Here's the official  
Wooster Square Blossom Blog
Hanami History!

Click to enlarge

When will they Bloom this year?
Stay tuned for all changes to
the blossom forecast and 
grab a smile or two,
they're FREE.

4-27-2014 Peak

4-27-2014 Peak

Baklava from Sweet Mary's on Court Street!
(Another Michigan State grad, as well as 
her son and daughter who help out!)

Spring Sprung inside!

Vancouver is enjoying an early spring,
and that means Cherry Blossoms!

Vancouver takes their Blossoms seriously!

Not to be outdone, Portland has it's
own Cherry Blossoms and it is
spring there too!

Washington DC's Cherry Blossoms are getting ready take the spotlight. 
The National Park Service 
predicts that theirs will peak
April 11-14.

I'll bet you I'd eat my hat if you can guess what the connection between New Haven's Cherry Blossoms  and Washington DC's Sweet Sakura's.

It was none other than a New Haven Resident's wife,
who had the Cherry Trees Planted.

Give up?

First Lady and New Haven Resident, 
Mrs. Helen Taft!

Wooster Square's Blossoms 
are scheduled to be 
peaking around April 26th.

Maybe at some point you are thinking...
all this for Cherry Blossoms?!?

Well... check out Japan!

Click to enlarge

The Japanese invented Hanami and really
know how to do it best!

Saki + Sakura Blossoms = Hanami Happiness!

Of course, the Japanese have been
at this for thousands of years.

They even have a trending chart,
a history of blossoms for 10 years.

Click to enlarge

If that is not enough, Japanese Botanists have located the Holy Grail of Sakura Trees.
One Tree whose descendants of this Yoshino
Cherry Tree we all admire today, still stands.

Read here in asahi about this ancient tree! Seeing is believing! 

And like last posts, there are all sorts
of companies jumping on the 
Cherry Blossom Bandwagon!

Like Lindt Chocolates!

 Lindt White Chocolate Sakura Iced Drink

so you can wash down some

Sakura flavored Macaroons

If that isn't all enough pink and white delights?

Reebok and Adidas have their own 
Cherry Blossom Sneakers!

click to enlarge

Here at the Wooster Square Blossom Blog,
we are counting the days!  We are still about
30 days away from any excitement here in
the Wonderful World of Wooster Square!

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Happy St. Patricks Day!!

and as always...

See you Round the Square!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Super Snowy, Seductively Somnolent, Ceaseless Siberian Season Stuns Square Citizens Silly!

Sorry Boston, your winter wins! 
Historic Wooster Square digs out five weeks
 in a row of Snow and bitter cold! 
Hey, its' New England!

I don't want to sound like the "News", which starts every broadcast with devastating weather, but we are having another doozy winter here in the Wonderful World of Historic, World Famous, Wooster Square. We went from no snow to Shut the Front Door!.... in 4 weeks, then added more on the 5th. But the snow does blanket our Salient Savored Square's Sacred Sweet Sakuras (our cherry trees)! And when all the snow melts? No, not the weathermen heading for the hills because of potential flooding, not that. The snow will melt and help our Fabulous Famed Foliage Flourish and trumpet its totally terrific tincture!! 

But -2 degrees? Really? C'mon old man winter! Our average temperature highs should be around 40. Sometime winters hover in the mid 40's all winter. Not lately, In the past 4 years we had a  "Snowtober", then the next year was snowmageddon (think what Boston looks like this year), a year later Blizzard Nemo. Then last year we had snow on the ground from December until Cherry Blossoms. And it was (and is now) COLD. 

Another healthy dose of the white stuff

Now this... Barely can go outside, but of course I did and took some photos and you can see them right here, free of charge, nut free in front of your fireplace, sent to your favorite device piping hot (if you sign up for the handy email delivery)! How cool is that? Only here, on The Wooster Square Blossom Blog, the world's first and only Photoblogumentary can you focus on what's important.  Like the
 Wooster Square Cherry blossoms,
and all things 
New Haven/pizza/cannolis/birds and beyond! 

And of course seeing our Precious 

Pretty Patch of Humble Perfection People!

 Buried Treasure!
(Wooster Square February 2015)

Best thing to do is sit back and enjoy the beauty of it all here in Wooster Square. So while the Blossom Blog Mainframes searches gigadots and milibits for the latest on everything Cherry Blossoms across the entire world, enjoy some shots of the Square.

Wicked Wild White Wonder Wows Wooster Square!
Future Pink and White Tunnel to Happiness.
(Hughes Place North)

The snow on all the Cherry Trees can look a lot like the cherry blossoms. After every snowstorm the park is just 
full of jaw dropping bountiful bright beauty baby!

Only 18 days left of winter.  Yea, right!

Night Light

The light casts a pinkish hue on the snow, like fallen blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Blankets

This Blue Jay is still reeling from
what that Groundhog predicted!

Our slice of heaven on earth

On the good news front, sounds like out in the Northwest, their Cherry Blossoms are on the fast track to Blossoming due to the warm spring they have. Vancouver's Cherry Blossoms Bloom before ours, so we get some kind of pattern on when they might bloom around here (April 26, 2015).

click here for an accuweather report on the warm Northwest and photos!

Read more in the Vancouver Sun here

But, then you get a report out of Washington, DC
that because of their winter, 
Blossoms in DC could be delayed.

click here to read Washington's WTOP article on the subject

The Blog mainframe stumbled upon something
interesting while trying to cool is circuits...
What could be better than Cherry Blossoms?

Cherry Blossom Beer!

Really, Japan has everything.
What's next, Sakura Saki?
(photo rocketnews24)

click here to read about this craft beer in Japan on rocket news 24! Seeing is believing!

Not to be outdone in the consuming of
our bright pink and whites,
Starbucks seems to turn its whole
store into a gift shop for a 
Cherry Blossom Festival!

Cherry Caramel Fraps and 
Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake

Click here to see what they do with Cherry Blossoms in Japan at Starbucks!

Looks like this female Downy Back Woodpecker
is sleeping until spring in a Cherry Tree 
on Hughes Place in February.

Looks like she has a bit to wait!

Big White Blossoms are bomb!

Wooster Square Wows World!

Get your peanuts here!

There are some signs of spring,
pitchers and catchers reporting 
for spring training!

Frozen Ice Box here.

Nuthatch agrees

Wooster Square Waits!

Get your snow here!

Wind whipping white

It just keeps coming...

March 2, 2015
Hughes Place

we are a ways from...

Hughes Place
(April 2012)

Wooster Wonderland
(March 2 2015)

Columbus Coldly Calculating Calefaction

White Breasted Nuthatch in a Cherry Tree

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