There are plenty of green buds now. It has been cooler this week, but temperatures have still been (mostly) averaging above normal for this time of year. And it looks to be warming up again next week. So all indications are still pointing to an early bloom.
Next week, the National Park Service will be revealing their initial peak bloom prediction for this year. So stay tuned!
How The Tidal Basin Looks This Morning
Here are some shots I took at the Tidal Basin this morning.
We’re starting to get some pink coming on the saucer magnolias (aka tulip magnolias). Here are some photos I took this morning at the Enid Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle and at the George Mason Memorial next to the Tidal Basin.
The saucer magnolias tend to bloom a couple of weeks earlier than the cherry blossoms. And if you’re wondering why I make special mention of them, here some photos of them in bloom.
Cherry Blossoms Flowering Now
If you want to get a tiny taste of the cherry blossoms, there’s a different variety blooming now. Actually, they have had some flowers on them through much of the fall and winter. They’re the Higan cherry trees, and there are some small clusters of them around the base of the Washington Monument. They are pretty, although they’re nothing like the full-throated bloom of the Yoshinos around the Tidal Basin that’s coming soon.
Here are a few shots of the Higan cherry blossoms that I took this morning.
Things Happening Nearby
Elsewhere near the Tidal Basin:
- The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is drained for repairs.
- The Jefferson Memorial is covered in scaffolding to clean the domed roof.
- The water features of the FDR Memorial are still drained and turned off.
At this time of year, there are beautiful flowers to be had all over the place. Maybe in your backyard. Maybe in the local park.
These are ere are some of my favorite books that I've reviewed on taking photos of flowers:
- Timber Press OR
- Detrick, Alan L. (Author)