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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Washington Cherry Blossoms

We are so excited to learn that the cherry blossoms will be blooming early again this year, right when you will be here for Legislative Day!  As you know, the folks here in the DMV (District, Maryland & Virginia) are crazy for our cherry blossoms!  According to the Washington Post, “for the third year in a row, cherry blossoms are likely to reach peak bloom on the early side in Washington. Already, green color has emerged in the buds at the Tidal Basin, indicating the bloom process has initiated, somewhat earlier than normal.”

Peak bloom is expected between March 23 and 27 this year, the man day is the 25th!  “Peak bloom, defined as when 70 percent of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin are in bloom, should coincide with the beginning of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, which spans March 20 to April 15.”

“Blossoms start to appear on trees several days before the peak bloom date and, weather permitting, can remain for a week or so. However, in some years, petals fall off sooner because of wind, rain or frost.  If peak bloom occurs on March 25, as predicted, it will be the third straight year on this date. Last year, the cherry trees were on the verge of a record-early peak bloom in early March, before a winter storm and hard freeze halted the blooming and damaged half the blossoms.”

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