Enchanted April in Germantown

Enchanted April in Germantown

April is truly a magical month for Germantown and its environs.  Shaking off the last vestiges of winter at its start, buds swell, green shoots begin to mingle with the dead grass and the landscape brightens each day, almost unperceptively at first, until the moment spring opens up in its full throttled glory. 

While dull brown lawns become emerald carpets, daffodils burst open in a riot of yellow, orange and white,

contrasting with the cool blue patches of scilla.

Later in the month peach, cherry and early apple blossoms burst mingle with the hazy chartreuse halos beginning to envelop the maples and other deciduous trees.

Redbud on Route 9G just south of town

Redbud on Route 9G just south of town

Driving can reward the passerby with plenty of stunning scenes, but I believe the best way to experience this ephemeral moment of the year is on foot, taking a leisurely stroll along our town's streets and quiet country roads, allowing you to appreciate smaller moments as well as big statements

The front yard of my neighbors on East Camp Road

The front yard of my neighbors on East Camp Road

To follow are some photos I took over the past month on some of my own walks and country drives.

A stand of serviceberry brightens the banks of this creek along Hunterstown Road

A stand of serviceberry brightens the banks of this creek along Hunterstown Road

Soft cherry blossoms in Cheviot

A planting of daffodils accentuate this Queen Anne home in Cheviot

A planting of daffodils accentuate this Queen Anne home in Cheviot

Forsythia Redbud and daffodils on Woods Road

Forsythia Redbud and daffodils on Woods Road

Misty spring green treetops in Viewmont

Misty spring green treetops in Viewmont

Farther down the road, an apple orchard begins to blossom

Farther down the road, an apple orchard begins to blossom

Not to be out done , this peach trees on County Route 10 give them a run for their money!

Not to be out done , this peach trees on County Route 10 give them a run for their money!

For those who missed April's sights, there is no need to worry.  May's show is equally as spectacular, as the lilacs, viburnum, and forget-me-nots come into their peak - don't miss it!

Fifty (or more) shades of Gray: Viewmont Cemetery on a Winter’s Day.

Fifty (or more) shades of Gray: Viewmont Cemetery on a Winter’s Day.