Marquis de Lafayette and pals

Photo / Apr. 10, 2011

OK, Layfayette isn’t actually in this picture since he’s on top of the pedestal. You’re looking at Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, and Louis Lebègue Duportail. Both were military leaders in the American Revolution.

Magnolia mess

Photo / Apr. 9, 2011

Remember those tulip trees from last month? Well turns out they are not tulip trees, but Japanese magnolia or, more likely, saucer magnolia trees (a sturdier hybrid of Japanese magnolia and another tree.) Either way they’re trés beau when in bloom. That was a week ago — now comes the part when they make a huge mess and get tromped into goo on the sidewalks.