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Friday, March 11, 2016

Photos on Friday: 3 great places to see spring blooms in Northern Virginia

Today's Photos on Friday is going to be more of a post than photos - but I wanted to get this one out ASAP since signs of spring have started to appear in Northern Virginia. 

The crocus popped up in my yard two weeks ago, daffodils are starting to be seen around town and the hyacinth are getting bigger every day, this morning I saw my first glimpse of a bloom in my own garden.

If you love to look at beautiful spring blooms, there are several great places in Northern Virginia to see them. Here are three of them.

1. Burnside Farms


Every year Burnside Farms hosts its annual "Holland in Haymarket" festival. The big attraction is the farm's beautiful tulip plantings, but there are some other beauties too. Expect to see daffodils and irises too if you time it right. 

Want to see more from this festival: Photos from 2015. (As an aside, some of the tulips we picked had bulbs, so we planted them. Looks like they are coming up this year).

To keep tabs on this one, check out the farm's official page with updates on when the festival will get going. Great stuff, truly, if this is your sort of day out.



Oatlands


If you're not familiar with Oatlands, it is a historic property located in Leesburg, Virginia. Originally built in the early 1800s by a member of the well-known Carter family, the gardens are a lovely place to visit in the spring and summer. 

I've been here a number of times, but only once in the spring. It's on my "wish list" for this year though. This peonies photo was taken in May 2010.





[Interested in this historic site? More detailed reading and photos about Oatlands in this post


Mount Vernon


I've written about Mount Vernon quite a bit as there is always something happening at this historic site. The gardens are always lovely.


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