But our timing was off.
My mother and I coordinated our schedules and planned our trip to D.C. to match predictions for peak blooming. We imagined ourselves enjoying a sunny, warm weekend surrounded by color and blooms. We arrived in D.C. to cold, gray and pouring rain. Most trees were at the "peduncle elongation stage" - trying hard but not quite flowers yet. Could this trip be saved?
|Hints of pink just steps from The White House.|
Washington, D.C provided plenty of reasons to smile.
|A Japanese Magnolia abloom in The White House Garden.|
The scent of fresh spring was in the air, the hiss of wet city streets muted D.C.'s bustle and there were no crowds.
|Rose-tinted skies above The Capitol Building.|
Even making restaurant reservations was a breeze. And if you looked carefully, there was a rosy glow with hints of pink everywhere.
|A Treasury Department visitor brought a touch of pink to a gray day.|
If you're on your way to The National Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend, you're in for something special. Over 70% of the cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin are now in peak bloom! Join the festivities then wander - Washington, D.C. is at its seasonal best right now, rain or shine. Happy Spring!