Saturday, April 21, 2012
Ian's parents came to visit in mid-April, and we went to the National Arboretum (NE DC) for the first time. It just happened to be azalea peak season, and the woods were gorgeous! The USDA agent who developed azaleas for use in the U.S. planted 15,000 bushes in the Arboretum to showcase this part of his lifework, and every year in mid-April, they come to life. I grew up with rhododendrons (azaleas are part of the rhododendron family), but the intensity of this place is mind-boggling!
Friday, April 20, 2012
After our cherry blossom cruise, we returned to the Tidal Basin for a picnic with friends from Mexico. The cherry trees were in full bloom, and we had a great time sitting in a gentle breeze along the Potomac (the Tidal Basin was too crowded). The picnic ended with a thunderstorm, but all picnics must end somehow!