It’s snowing cherry blossoms. The trees are still looking wonderful, but the wind that will continue picking up during the afternoon is blowing drifts of petals off the trees with each gust.
The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees.
There are big crowds out enjoying the warm, sunny weather. And they’re creating heavy traffic. The traffic restrictions on Ohio Drive are still in effect, and there’s gridlock on Independence Avenue in both directions.
Now that we’re three days after peak bloom, the cherry blossoms are very fragile. Today’s wind and tomorrow’s rain are going to be a one-two punch, and it’s likely to knock a lot of the petals off many of the trees. It’s probably won’t get all of them, and there’s a good chance of being able to see some flowers over the next couple of days, but each day we get further into the week the harder you’ll have to work to find them. I don’t expect there to be much left by the weekend, although there are other varieties of cherry blossoms nearby that bloom later; I’ll have more on them (the Kwanzan cherry blossoms) in the next day or two.
The warm weather of the past few days has also coaxed the tulips out all around town, along with other kinds of flowers. So after a cold winter, we’re finally getting some of Washington’s beautiful spring colors.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
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 history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.