SUNDAY SLOWDOWN: DC CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

 

Yoshino Blossoms

Early spring in Washington, D.C. showcased a beautiful transition out of winter months as the Yoshino blossoms made their first appearance around the Tidal Basin in late March.   This was my first season witnessing the D.C. cherry blossom season, and they were absolutely stunning.  The first blossoms to emerge were the five petal Yoshino blossoms ranging in shades of pink and white.  Yoshino blossom trees are not native to this area, and were originally a gift from the Japan in 1912. Yukio Ozaki donated 3,020 saplings to Washington, D.C. as a symbolic gesture of growth in relations between the two nations.

 Yoshino Blossoms

Yoshino Blossoms

 Yoshino Petals

Yoshino Petals

 Kwanzan blossoms

Kwanzan blossoms

Kwanzan Blossoms

Unfortunately the Yoshino peak took me by surprise, and I missed much of it.  Thankfully I was able to photograph and make time to catch the Kwanzan blossom peak.  The Kwanzan blossoms bloomed a couple weeks after the Yoshino variety in mid-April.  The multi petal Kwanzan blossoms were like bright pink puffballs and became my personal favorite.

 Kwanzan Blossom Tree

Kwanzan Blossom Tree

 OOTD with Kwanzan blossoms :)

OOTD with Kwanzan blossoms :)

 Slow Sunday: Donuts, coffee, and Kwanzan blossoms

Slow Sunday: Donuts, coffee, and Kwanzan blossoms

Arrangements: Blossom Branches

Fresh flowers always boost my mood and emanate tranquility for a peaceful interior space. Although it is unethical and damaging to take cherry blossoms branches directly from the trees in the city, you can still pick up a branch of Kwanzan cherry blossoms for your home at your local flower shop.  Many flower shops like 14th Street Flowers ask that you place orders for branches before the season.  I purchased these Kwanzan branches from a flower wholesaler in D.C.  The branches are were 6 ft. in height and speckled in blossom buds.  After trimming them down I was able to create two arrangements, and after four days they bloomed!

 Cloudy Morning with Donuts, coffee, and Kwanzan blossoms

Cloudy Morning with Donuts, coffee, and Kwanzan blossoms

 Cherry Blossom Pub, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossom Pub, Washington, D.C.

The Cherry Blossom Pop-up Bar

And lastly, who doesn't love a good themed Pop-Up bar or cafe?  This spring Mockingbird Hill opened up the Cherry Blossom Pub.  It's currently opened from 5-1 am.. and I waited in line for over TWO hours on a Saturday night just to get inside!  It probably was the absolute worst time to go, and in hindsight a weeknight would have been a better idea.  There were festive drinks, and a very sleepy crowd, (probably from waiting for hours in line) but the installation was definitely charming...  Worth it?  You tell me!  Check it out for yourself before it pops-down!

If you are considering a trip to D.C. I highly recommend visiting late-March to mid-April.  It’s an exceptionally lovely place this time of year with the Tidal Basin in full bloom.  
Until next time! (ALSO, Thank you for reading, my first blog post.) :) ðŸŒ¸ðŸŒ¸ðŸŒ¸ðŸŒ¸
- Alex