Monday, April 28, 2014

East Capitol Street Gardens Curb Appeal

It's nice being off on Monday. Sunday is so much better when you know you don't have to go to work the next day. For some reason, Tuesday just doesn't seem as bad. We went for lunch near McLean in the Falls...along these "back roads" a young deer calmly walked across the street. Two turkey buzzards were observing it and probably hoping it might become a meal. We returned home with the threat of rain this afternoon and for the rest of the week, so we figured we better get a walk in before it started. Rather than take the usual route around the Capitol, we headed down East Capitol Street starting at the Jefferson Building. I don't know what type of tree it was, but had never seen the blossoms growing on the trunk and thick branches. It caught the attention of several photographers in front of us. Continuing east, the gardens in front of some of the homes were spectacular, even on a cloudy day. One of the most becoming wisteria vines was climbing on not one, but two homes - all the way to the roof - in front of equally impressive floral arrangements out front. Several gardens were very sculptured with a single blooming white or pink flower serving as a canopy in the center. A few iris were popping out, but the beautiful flowering trees simply are the show stoppers this month. Of course, there are several really unkempt areas too. Luckily, they seem to be in the minority, or simply not noticed sitting next to all this splendor. 

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