|Cherry blossoms on Dover Rd.|
Washington, DC is known for its Cherry Blossom Festival, and I once had the good fortune to be in Washington at the peak of the cherry blossom season. But not this year. However, we have our own neighborhood display of Yoshino Cherry blossoms. I think the loveliest display is in Murphy's yard around the corner on Dover Rd.
In 1912, a gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees was bestowed on Washington, DC by Tokyo, Japan. To this day, the Washington D.C area is famous for cherry blossom season. And this year, Washington is celebrating the Centennial of the Cherry Blossom Festival during a five week spectacle from March 20 – April 27, 2012.
The Yoshino Cherry is a native of Japan, Korea and China, but it grows well in North Carolina. It creates a real stir when blooms are as beautiful as they are this spring. The white to pinkish slightly fragrant flowers usually appear in mid to late March. So if you can't get to Washington this year, come around to Dover Rd. here in Raleigh, but you better hurry, because the cherry blossoms are at their peak and they won't last long.