Photos: Signs of Spring Around Arlington

by ARLnow.com March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm 3,575 21 Comments

One could hardly have asked for a more beautiful start to March.

As the thermometer hit 70 degrees today — the first day of meteorological spring — trees, flowers and other plants were starting to bloom. From Shirlington to Ballston, from Waverly Hills to the Custis Trail, the colors of spring are beginning to emerge.

It’s no surprise that the blooms are getting an early start. According to the Capital Weather Gang, this year’s meteorological winter was the third warmest on record in D.C.

The official start of spring — the Vernal Equinox — is March 20. The peak bloom for D.C.’s cherry blossom trees, meanwhile, is now predicted for March 24.

  • Joe Deo

    First people eating outdoors and then spring around Arlington …. Please stop doing these. This is what TBD and sometimes Patch do and why I don’t read them … love the site, but not these.

    • Ed

      Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays.

    • mickey644

      What did you do in your pants to cause the attitude, Dude?

      • Arlingtonian

        Hehehe. That was funny.

  • arlcat

    These pictures are ameowzing.

  • ReverseCommute

    Oh the life of a freelance journalist. Nothing but wandering the town and sniffing the flowers. So jealy.

  • nunya

    winter in name only. wino.

    i’ll drink to that.

    [tho i could have used a good city closing blizzard]

    • OldTimer

      You rang?!?!?! Time to pop open a bottle of vino and hit the deck. It IS after 5pm and I have been a very good boy today.

  • zzzzz

    This whole “warm weekdays and colder weekends” thing has got to stop. 70 degrees does me no good when I’m stuck at work.

    • bike commuter

      It’s awesome getting to and from work though.

      • Arlingtonian

        Gives me a good excuse to take a walk on my lunch break. 🙂

  • ShirliMan

    Great pics! Yeah, my eyes started itching this week…but I’m not complaining.

  • Charles

    You’re late. The cherry trees in the photo are on 15th Street over by Pentagon City were in bloom LAST weekend.

  • John Andre

    Don’t fool yourself …March is a month of contrasts. It can be eighty degrees one day…and thirty-five the next! Conversational snow is a sure bet…we may see some flurries Monday…though accumulating snow is rather unlikely except on a subfreezing night.

  • JimPB

    Nice photos and piece!

    And that was the way it was in trees and in gardens in Arlington on 3.1.12.

  • When the brown flip flops come out it is officially spring. No, wait, there are folks who wear them all the time.

    Ok….when I see the first pretty lady in a sun dress my spring blood starts flowing.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I know it is spring when my allergies and sinuses start acting up. For the past several days, my allergies and sinuses have been giving me fits. At least for me, spring is here. And I’ll take the allergies and cranky sinuses any day over snowmageddon!

      • PL25rd

        Me, too. I’ve been sneezing a lot this week. Checked the backyard last night, and we have buds on the camelias, the dogwood, and the tulip tree! Jonquils and crocuses are coming up, too.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Some of my early flowers that normally show in mid-March are showing up now. A few houses down from me, their jonquils and crocuses are in full bloom. The green shoots for the daffodils in my back yard are 2 weeks early in appearing. My neighbors’ early blooming flowers/plants/trees are also starting early. Hey, I don’t mind an early spring but I could do without an early bout of sinus headaches!

  • Buffalo Ex-Pat

    I, for one, had enough snow growing up. I loved this last winter!


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