Besides feeling distracted, wild temperature fluctuations, finally being able to eat outside, and itchy, watery eyes, another sure sign of spring is things in bloom. Cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are spectacular– reputedly one of the best places to view them outside of Japan– with 42 cultivated varieties and two trees from the original planting in 1921. There’s even a map indicating which trees are in bloom from the start of the season in late April. Yesterday was a beautiful day, with most cherries in full bloom, perfect for wandering around or a picnic on the lawn. And, as a sort of finale, the vibrant tulips were also on display.