I’ve heard since at least last week that the cherry blossoms in DC are on a tear and are already popping. Uh… sorta yes and a lotta no.
The cherry blossom indicator tree has already popped and maybe one or two more (I shot the image above this morning), but the rest of the trees around the Tidal Basin are far behind it. When will the rest of them explode into bloom? Based upon what I saw — I’m guessing at least another week, maybe as much as two. Truly, pretty much all of the rest of the trees around the Tidal Basin haven’t even begun to open yet; the buds are in a wide stage of development — some are real close to opening, but others are still very much nascent. We’ve had some recent cold nights — including a light dusting of snow a couple of days ago — that have put the brakes on the blooms.
One eager touron came up beside me as I was taking my shots, and was severely crestfallen when he saw just the one tree in bloom, thinking that he was too late and that he had missed the rest of them. I told him he was merely too early and that the indicator tree had jumped the gun this year, which really brightened him up.
On a sadder note, the magnolia blooms at the George Mason Memorial right behind the Jefferson Memorial were killed by the recent cold snap, as you can see below.
There are plenty of other blooms that can be seen nearer to protection around buildings and such. The best way to find them is to simply stretch your legs and go for a long wonderful walk.