ATTENDEES: Tracie, myself.
WEATHER: B-. Extremely sunny, but chilly. Borderline winter-coat weather. Very windy.
CHERRY BLOSSOM STATUS: It's our first visit of the season, and the BBG really made a strong showing for us. We've got significant bloomage in the northwestern corner of the promenade area, and, as usual, the northeastern edge along the pond flowered as the earlybirds again this season. The promenade was pretty sleepy overall. The wind of the day scattered petals so much that they just remained suspended in the air for most of our visit.
ANIMALS? I think that there was a male robin convention at the BBG. We saw so many jumping and chirping at each other, many picking at grasses to help build their nest, and some just warbling shamelessly and beautifully. Turtles looked happy sunning on the rocks.
...BUNNIES?? No. I blame the monster-truck grounds crew -- probably scared 'em off.
NOTABLES: The magnolia trees near the water lily ponds were incredibly beautiful. Yellow, pink, and vivid shades of my favorite purple really shocked us. The tuilp collection lining the lily ponds were very impressive, though because the flower breeds are planted in blocks, the blooms came in patches, since some breeds are natural late-bloomers. We received a narrated tour from a 9-year old boy through the Natural History exhibit, as he explained that the first hut was the living room, the second was the kitchen, and the third was the library.
OFFICIAL BLOSSOM STATUS MAP:
Can't wait 'til we go next week for PEAK BLOOMIES!