It’s Spring!

DSC_0039-1024x685It’s Spring!! At least the calendar says it’s Spring.

The weather….not so much in these parts. And, to me, Spring means the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. This was a tough year for the cherry blossoms, as half of them were almost fully bloomed when Stella rolled through town. But, all is not lost. The latest from the National Weather Service is that the peak will be later this week, March 23-26th.

My boys are currently on Spring Break, which is when I was able to capture these photos of fully blooming cherry blossoms in D.C. a number of years ago. We haven’t been back since and need to plan a revisit. We never saw the White House and the Washington Monument was under repair, so those are the things we’d really like to do.

But, being there when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom…would be the most magical of all. So, for those of you can’t get there in person…these are for you!DSC_0044-685x1024 DSC_0047-1024x685 DSC_0071-1024x685 DSC_0072-1024x685 DSC_0073-1024x685Happy Spring, everyone! It’s time for things to start blooming!

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Dallas Blooms

7091_HR12Spring in Dallas is one of the prettiest seasons I know. Everything is blooming! It’s especially poignant for me because I now live in the Northeast, where things won’t be blooming for another month of so.

Dallas Blooms, which is happening now through April 10th, was¬†named one of the country’s Best Spring Floral Festivals by Fodors in 2015. This year’s theme is The Artistry in Nature, featuring the life-size sculptures of inspirational figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, Claude Monet and Benjamin Franklin, as part of Gary Lee Price’s The Great Contributors collection.

Over 100 types of bulbs, totaling over 500,000 blooms make a layered and dazzling display.Blooms_edit2_Snapseed111 CRW_2004a DallasArboretum-DallasBlooms21 DSC_0014_edit1 img_9692-lr4_srgb-1If life leads you to Dallas this Spring, don’t miss this amazing show of blooms!

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Peek of Peonies

My favorite flower, along with tulips, is the peony. I love how they unfold like a rose, only with a larger bloom and none of those pesky thorns. I get more than a kick out of my peony bushes because they’ve been through a lot. Transplanted twice – once in the back yard and then a few years ago moved to the front and side, they have continued to bloom and flourish. I think they are floral warriors.

Based upon their proximity to sun, they bloom at different times, so that there is a steady flow of blooms.

So, every day or so, I’m out snipping a few and bringing them inside. They accent almost every room.

This is just a peek, as they haven’t reached their peak. Just gives me more to look forward to.

Hoping that things are blooming in your garden and that you have lots to look forward to this weekend!