Springtime in Washington, D.C. really is glorious. This year especially. We’ve had about six days in a row with temperatures in the twenties (Celcius that is), which has meant that the cherry blossoms are out early. They were due at the end of March but we went down to see them this weekend and they were already looking wonderful.
Below is a new type of cherry tree for me, the weeping cherry tree, it has the most beautiful branches fir to bursting with blossom which dust down to the ground and sway gently in the wind.
And finally, some gentle pink amongst the white. It would seem that the pinker blossomed trees flower later than the white blossom ones as when we were out and about most of the trees were white. This one though was tinged pink and looked ever so pretty.
I’ve just got back from a work trip to Europe, I managed to combine it with popping over to England to go to a wedding and then surprised my mama for her birthday. It was rather lovely. During my brief trip I went for a walk with my parents, we were lucky, the sun was shining and spring was beginning to show its face. It reminded me how beautiful England can be and how nice it is to tramp around in the countryside and see life beginning to get going again with the longer warmer days.
It’s been a while since we’ve had any flower photos. So I thought it high time to post some recent ones. We’ve been on holiday, up to Massachusetts. While there we went to Shelburne Falls which has a Bridge of Flowers, created in I think 1929 it is a glorious bridge full of beautiful flowers. Right now they have lots of Dahlias. A flower I’d not thought much of previously but these ones were beautiful. Enjoy!
We went back home a short while ago. It was the first time for six months and I was ready. Ready to see my family, my friends and my city. The wonderful London. I miss it, I miss them, I miss lots of things.
The visit was jam packed and brief. We didn’t get to see everyone we wanted but we did our best. J fitted in two weddings, we managed families and friends and plenty of catching up. I guess the one thing it really wasn’t was restful but then again that wasn’t why we were going 😉
I used to walk past Horse Guards Parade every day on the way to work, I still love seeing it, even when the weather isn’t quite so good.
The Algerian Coffee Stores is one of my favourite shops in London. They have the most amazing selection of tea, coffee and sweets. Plus it looks so cute.
Then we walked through St James park and I couldn’t resist photographing these gorgeous flowers.
I also used to walk past this sign every day and it always made me smile, kind of out of place but also very fitting.
Not that I want to wish time away but I’m looking forward to going back again already.
At this time of year Washington, DC, really is beautiful. It’s green and full of flowers. The most plentiful flower is the Azelea, which is everywhere in all it’s many variations and colours. I’d never really seen it before and kept noticing it, drawn to it’s brightness, delicate flowers and glorious riot of colour. I thought it rude not to share with you the fabulousness.
The deep pink ones really are this colour. So bright and so joyful.
It’s going to be a flowery week round here I’ve decided. So here are some more. This time the amazing Magnolias, which compete with the cherry blossoms in Washington for the top tree heralding spring. They truly are glorious. I wrote a while back about seeing the buds heralding spring coming and now here they are!
Some fabulous magenta/purple magnolias, I’ve never seen them this colour before and cannot wait for these to bloom fully.
The more traditional coloured Magnolia.
*sigh* I love Spring and it’s flowers.
Washington is famous for its Cherry Blossoms a beautiful display of the connection between Japan and the USA and of Spring. On Saturday we took a walk down to the tidal basin and enjoyed the delights of the beauty of the trees and flowers.
Cherry blossoms really are amazing, so delicate, so full of joy, hope and beauty. Such a good portent of Spring and the delights of the warmer weather.
Hopefully this will give you an inkling of how many trees there are around the basin, the entire area is full of the trees. Different varieties and sizes.
And below, the classic view of the blossoms and the Jefferson memorial.
I’m hoping they stay for a good few days longer so our friends get to see them too!