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The Cherry Blossoms Are Here (And So Are The Tulips, Lilacs, And Dogwoods)

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Spring may (officially) be about two weeks away, but the City of Angels is already igniting with color.

The fleeting pink blooms of the cherry tree have burst to life at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada-Flintridge. Cherry blossom walking tours are scheduled throughout the coming week, while tickets to this weekend's uber-popular Cherry Blossom Festival are just as fleeting as the petals themselves.

Tulips, lilacs, and plum trees are also blossoming at the gardens.

At the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, the "Pink Cloud" cherry trees are gracing the paths with a magic you can smell. This week should be warm and sunny, so grab the fixings for a picnic and enjoy some splendor in the grass (near the Japanese Tea House).

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A full list of all the currently blooming plants at the Descanso and Huntington gardens can be found on their websites.

As for the rest of us vulgars, let's take the time to enjoy the flowering pink dogwoods lining the broken streets (and dreams?) of the city as we await Jacaranda season.