Up in Cape Cod, the rhododendrons are in full bloom at the annual Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendrons Festival. Home to two noted hybridizers—Charles Owen Dexter and Jack Cowles—the garden is a great place to see the many new varieties in bloom. A new and dramatic water element—the Flume Fountain—and a new children's garden are also worth visiting for their unusual landcaping.
Here in the United States, many of us are familiar with sakura matsuri, or the cherry blossom festival that occur around the world during this time of year. But after the cherry blossoms fall, Japan has another beautiful floral celebration fuji matsuri, or the wisteria festival. Here are some photographs of the amazing wisteria tunnels that bloom in Japan, generally flowering from mid-April to mid-May.
This past weekend I went for a getaway (or mini-break, as Bridget Jones would say) with my husband to Washington, D.C., and I had a chance to see all the flowering trees that are still in bud form in New York in full and glorious bloom in D.C., including the many blossoming cherry trees that kindly cooperated with the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.