Spring Is Blooming

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In this photo taken Monday, March 19, 2012, a couple enjoys the blossoms in an area of the tidal basin containing some of the oldest cherry blossom trees in Washington. The pink and white cherry blossoms that color the U.S. capital and draw a million visitors each spring began with trees that have survived for a century.About 100 years ago this month, first lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the bank of Washington's Tidal Basin. The trees were the first of 3,000 planted as part of a gift from the city of Tokyo as a symbol of friendship. The original pair still stands, along with about 100 of the original trees transported from Japan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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My flowering trees are in mid-bloom, 3-4 weeks earlier than usual. They should be full of bees, but so far, no bees.

I didn't know the cherry trees have been in DC for 100 years. I knew they were from Japan but assumed they were post-WWII. I'm kind of surprised they weren't cut down in a fit of anti-"Jap", nationalistic rage after Pearl Harbor.

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