Springtime in DC …..is PERFECT
It is a time for warmer weather, low humidity, cherry blossoms, birds chirping, high pollen counts, runny noses, swollen eyes and sometimes wheezing……
O.k., so springtime in DC is almost perfect.
Here in DC we are approaching the 100th anniversary celebration of the gifting of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington D.C. The trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC in 1912.
(How is that for a little history?)
(Visit the official page for the National Cherry Blossom Festival for more fun facts )
If you have ever been to Washington DC in the spring, you know first hand what a magnificent sight it is to see SO many trees in bloom. The tidal basin, surrounding the Jefferson Memorial, is a photographers dream during bloom season. And as you may have seen in other blogs – the blooms provide inspiration for many crafts. Look at these painted marshmallows found on the decorated cookie or visit Martha Stewart for a tutorial on how to make a paper cherry blossom display.
We made ours with mini cherry blossom cookie bites.
My family and I are currently on “bloom watch’ and have seen a few ‘early bloomers’, however the season is considered to be at its peak when at least 70% of the yoshino cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin are in bloom. Each year, peak season varies and this year it is predicted it will occur sometime during March 24 – 31. The festival however kicks off on March 20th, the first day of spring and will run for 5 weeks. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see these gorgeous blooms up close and personal…please add a spring trip to DC onto your short list.
The cherry blossoms are significant to the DC area and many local brides incorporate this theme into their wedding celebration. Here are a few cherry blossom inspired wedding cookies we designed with these brides in mind.
And it should be noted that there are many special events surrounding the short season of these magnificent blooms. One in particular that has caught my eye and that I hope to attend with my children is the Blossom Kite Festival held on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival please follow the link to the official website, where all of my facts and knowledge have come from.