We’re still stuck in a cool and breezy weather pattern. Apparently there may even be the occasional stray snow flurry around the area later today when the clouds move in.
The NPS arborists judged that 70 percent of the florets were extended as of March 26. As you can see from the photos, some of the trees are a bit further along than others as they head into the peduncle elongation stage. That will be followed by the puffy white stage, which is when we start getting out first glimpses of the actual petals. (The pink you can see in the photos isn’t the petals–they start white–it’s a protective layer around them.) You can see examples of each stage 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.