Azaleas in an explosion of colors
I've been out and about enjoying the spring colors. Each week brings something new and colorful. This week, it's the lilacs, azaleas, dogwoods, and the last of the tulips. Here are just a few examples of each for your enjoyment! (Click on images to enlarge.)
Azaleas are part of the rhododendron family and can be found in 10,000 registered or named varieties! Some of these flowering bushes have muted colors, but most are bright and lively, blanketing their plant in explosive colors. These are but a few of the many to be enjoyed. In the early morning, before sunrise, they give off an exquisite, clean fragrance.
Syringa vulgaris, or common lilac
Syringa, or lilac, is part of the olive family. The most common is Syringa vulgaris, or the common lilac. These beauties are on the grounds of Pierce Mill, one of the last mills on Rock Creek.
Tulips at Pierce Mill
There are nearly 100 varieties of tulips, which are part of the lily family (Liliaceae.) Tulips have become synonymous with Holland, but these flowers are also native to Africa, Central Asia, and China. In 2004, a tulip was named after First Lady Laura Bush. It's called the Tulipa Laura Bush.
Cornus florida, or flowering dogwoods
There are approximately 50 varieties of dogwoods. The most common in this area is Cornus florida, or flowering dogwood, a tree that blossoms in white, pink, or red.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 4/08