All Clear for Magnolias

One of GM’s favorite things about spring in DC is the blossoming of the saucer magnolias. These beautiful pink flowers sprout out with the first real warm days of March. But their early appearance also makes them susceptible to late frosts, which can wipe out the blooms overnight. Luckily the forecast looks good for a solid season this year.

Just two years ago, we had an early warming spell followed by a hard frost. And it did ruin the season’s magnolia bloom. The warming spell we received last week certainly triggered the pink blossoms to emerge, but the ten day forecast indicates that there is no hard frost on the horizon. So it should be smooth sailing!

There are saucer magnolias all over Georgetown. But the best collections are at Dumbarton Oaks and Tudor Place:

The best part of them is clearly the intoxicating scent. It’s the scent announcing that spring is here. Rejoice.

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