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If there’s one thing I love it’s gorgeous flowers.  And with summer slowly winding down and coming to an end I’m sharing some of my favorite spring and summer flower inspiration from the Washington DC area.  A surprising amount of beautiful flowers bloom here.  We have cherry blossoms, tulips, magnolias and wisteria in the spring and beautiful crepe myrtle, sunflowers, roses, peonies, and black eyed susans in the summer.  So here’s to a floral affiar in DC, celebrating all the lovely blooms!

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Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC typically bloom around the end of March to mid April.  The most popular place to see cherry blossoms in DC is around the Tidal Basin, but it gets super crowded.

Cherry Blossoms in Maryland however, bloom slightly later and are very pretty as well.

There’s also more than one variety of cherry blossom in the DC area and my favorite type is actually the kwanzan cherry blossoms in DC which bloom about two weeks after the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms.

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Magnolias in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

I absolutely love magnolias and the prettiest ones in my opinion are the saucer magnolias that bloom in the DC area!  They are such a pretty pink color.  The magnolias in DC bloom just before the cherry blossoms so around mid to late March.  In Maryland the magnolias bloom slightly later.

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Tulips Around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

The hunt for tulips in the DC area comes right after the cherry blossoms are done.  Right around mid April the tulips start blooming in Washington DC and Maryland.

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The Prettiest Wisteria around DC

Coinciding with the tulip bloom around mid April, wisteria blooms around this time as well in DC.   

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Gorgeous Peony Fields in Maryland

Very few people know that Maryland is home to a picture perfect field of wild peonies!  Peonies in Maryland bloom around mid to late May.

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Stunning Rose Gardens near Washington DC

There’s nothing quite like the scent of roses in the air!  Around the same time the peonies bloom, the roses in DC and Maryland are fully blooming as well.  

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Sunflower Fields Near Washington DC in Maryland

In July you can expect the first of many sunflower fields in Maryland to bloom.  McKee Beshers sunflower field blooms in July which is also one of the hottest and wettest months in Maryland.  Because it’s so hot and wet in July the sunflowers don’t last very long, but not to worry Maryland has a ton of sunflower fields for you to enjoy all the way into September.

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Blooming Crepe Myrtle in the Middle of Summer

I often see beautiful pictures of bougainvillea in Greece, California, and Europe in general.  Well in the DC and Maryland area we have and abundance of crepe myrtle trees that bloom in August.  These beauties bloom literally everywhere and are quite sturdy.   

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Where to Pick Flowers Near DC in Maryland

Now that you’ve seen all this floral inspo, I’m sure you want to pick some beautiful flowers to pick!  There are flower farms in Maryland near DC where you can pick your own flowers!

Rocky Hill Orchard Flower and Peach Picking

We’ve been to Rocky Hill Orchard for flower and peach picking.  There’s plenty of juicy peaches to pick at Rocky Hill, usually starting sometime in August.  Rocky Hill also has a beautiful field of flowers to pick as well.  This flower field near DC makes a great photo spot as well!  The best part?  It’s never crowded and so many butterflies.  Once peach picking ends, Rocky Hill opens up their apple orchards for apple picking!

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Butler’s Orchard Pick Your Own

Butler’s Orchard is a summer favorite with our family.  They have a little animal farm, giant slides, and so much fruit to pick in addition to flowers.  We’ve picked strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and sunflowers here all summer long!

Their flower picking opens in July and though it’s small, you can get some gorgeous flowers here!  And did I mention there are tons of butterflies here as well.  

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