The snow and ice is finally all gone from around the Tidal Basin. But just when you thought it was safe to put away the snow gear, there's one more bout of snow and wintry mix on the way.
It's cool and sunnyish this morning. NPS arborists are out doing some pruning and maintenance on the cherry trees to keep them healthy. They're clearly doing something right. Thanks to the expert care of the NPS, some of these trees are over a century old now, which is unusually old for these kinds of trees.
As you can see in the photos below, the buds are getting more developed, although they still have some work to do. And if you compare it with the photos from exactly one year ago today, the buds are about where they were this time last year. From a distance, the trees are starting to get the faint reddish-brown color from the color of the outside of the buds.
You can find photos of the trees from exactly one year ago today here and exactly two years ago here. And in a good illustration of how much it fluctuates from year to year, at this time in 2012 the cherry blossoms were already peaking (photos here).
The warmth of the past few days have helped some of the daffodils and tulips with some noticeable growth spurts. I haven't yet come across any daffodils blooming, but some of the buds are getting much closer. And there are some other early flowers just starting to come out.
Nearby, with some schools on spring break, fleets of tour buses have descended on Ohio Drive. And the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is still drained.
There haven't been any changes to the peak bloom forecasts. The cold snap overnight tonight won't trouble the trees or upset the current peak bloom forecast. And a reminder that you can always find the latest forecasts here.
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.