After a cooler few days, we're back into the unseasonably warm weather for the coming week. That's going to speed things along. The indicator tree is starting to flower. And the saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle are coming into full bloom.
Washington DC's famous cherry blossom reached peak bloom on March 28, 2021. They're now done for the year.
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After a cooler few days, we’re back into the unseasonably warm weather for the coming week. That’s going to speed things along.
The indicator tree is starting to flower. And the saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle are coming into full bloom. Photos of both from this morning are below.
Not all of the cherry trees are on exactly the same schedule, as you can see pretty clearly int the photos below. In taking these shots, I’m trying to do a sampling of different trees from different places around the Tidal Basin. The hope is to give a fairly representative view of what you can expect to see if you were to head down to the Tidal Basin today.
This is a tree I typically track through the blooming process, trying to focus in on the same specific small section to be able to see the day-by-day progress.
This is a different variety and is separate from the indicator tree (on the opposite side of the Tidal Basin), but it reliably marches ahead of the other trees by several days.
It’s also a good illustration of how even just a few days can make a big difference.
The indicator tree is one on the south-eastern side of the Tidal Basin that is reliably a week or two ahead of the others. I have more information on it, including how to find it, here.
It’s starting to flower. More blossoms will come out on it in the warm days coming this week.
The saucer magnolias are starting to head into full bloom and will be looking wonderful as we head into the warmer days this week.
I took these photos early this morning at the Enid A. Haupt Garden.
Elsewhere Around and Near the Tidal Basin:
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the historic National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.