Photos by Rebecca Bullene/BBG

Usually we don't see cherry blossoms until April or May in these parts... but today the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is reporting that some of their cherry trees are in bloom right now. Yes, in December!

BBG's Japanese Hill-and-Pond curator Brian Funke explained that "while it's common for the everblooming cherry and the autumn-flowering cherry to be blooming in December, it is a bit irregular for Prunus to have so many blossoms." Usually these trees will bloom in December only if a cold spell is followed by warm weather. He notes that weather permitting, "the blossoming should continue throughout the weekend and into next week." So get ahead of the spring time rush!