Washington in the Springtime is one of the prettiest and most colorful cities in the world.
In addition to the cherry blossoms, there are flowering pears and apples and peaches and
quince. And there are daffodils and tulips everywhere. I especially liked to walk
around the Dupont Circle Area and along Connecticut Avenue up through
Embassy Row. Many houses have large flower gardens in front.
Daffodils come in many colors and combinations of colors in petals and trumpets,
frilled or straight.
Pair of beautiful pale lemon yellow daffodils.
Washingtonians like to sit on their front steps on a sunny Spring Sunday. They often
enjoy a glass of wine. And when I would admire their flowers, I would be invited
to share some of the wine. Lovely spring mornings.
White Daffodils with Cream Trumpet Throats
White Daffodils with Yellow Trumpet Throats
Bunches of "Soestdijk" Daffodils
Three "Soestdijk" Daffodils.
Many years ago, when I first traveled in Europe, by bicycle, we rode (by accident)
up to Soestdijk Palace, which is the country residence of the Dutch royal family.
We were gently asked to leave, so we rode out.
Yellow daffodils with frilled orange trumpets.
Double Yellow Daffodil.
There are many more petals in the center.
Double "Margarita" Daffodils
Whie and Cream Daffodils
A trio of colorful dafffodils. The center one has a small throat rather than
a large trumpet.
Yellow "Apeldoorn" Tulips.
Tulips come in every color, single or double, mixed colors, different sizes.
Some bloom early, some mid-season, and some are late, so you can have tulips
blooming for a long time in your yard.
"Crescenzia" Cream Tulips
"Butter Crisp" Yellow Tulips with Cream Pansies.
"Crescenzia Tulips" later in the day. In the early morning, they are nearly closed,
and as the day gets warmer and the light brighter, they open more and more.
Pink "Matilda" Tulips
A very pale "Blushing Bride" Tulip
These are early blooming "Gold Star" tulips. In general, the early tulips have short
stems, and the late blooming tulips have very tall stems.
"Gold Star" Tulips with short stems.
"Infinity Pink" Tulips. They have slight variations in color, and each flower is
"Infinity Pink" and "Infinity Red" Tulips
"Infinity Pink" Tulip
Blue and White Striped Hyacinth
"Delft Blue" Hyacinth
Grape Hyacinths and "Dazzling White Hyacinths"
"Pink Pearl Hyacinth"
All of these hyacinths have lovely aromas.
"Baby Blue" and "Delft Blue" Grape Hyacinths
"Tangerine" Tulips with unusual striped leaves.
Mixture of "Infinity Pink" and "Infinity Red" Tulips
Blue Hyacinths with Purple and Yellow Pansies
These were in a courtyard of the Smithsonian.
On Sunday mornings, I always go to the wonderful Farmers Market at Dupont Circle.
All the vendors must raise their own products and within 100 miles of Washington.
They bring huge tubs of fresh tulips, like these, and home-made cheeses, many
fresh flowers, pastries, fruit and vegetables, and preserves.
It is a fantastic resource for those living in the neighborhood. Every Sunday.
A tub of fresh yellow tulips, cut early this morning.
Red "Matador" Tulips, seen from above.
Red "Matador" Tulips, seen from the side.
Tulips, pansies, and grape hyacinths.
"Easter Egg" Tulips
Camellias" grow on bushes all over.
White "Agnes" Camellia
White "Flora" Camellia
The leaves are shiny and stiff.
Pale Pink Camellia
"Star Magnolia" Tree along Embassy Row.
There are many colors, sizes, and forms of magnolias.
The blossoms of the "Star Magnolia" look like stars with many points.
"Star Magnolia Blossoms" - these are big, 6-8 inches across
Early Pink Rose