If good timing is the key to everything good, the timing of peak bloom for Washington's delicate cherry blossoms is downright great.
The cherry blossoms for 2014 peaked Thursday, the National Park Service announced, coming as the long, dreary winter has really — really — given way to something resembling spring and, furthermore, just in time for Saturday's National Cherry Blossom Parade.
on Washington’s Japanese cherry trees are peaking at just the right moment for the culmination of this year's National Cherry Blossom festival.
Park Service spokesman Brian Hall told The Washington Post that natural resource manager Mary Willeford Bair inspected the trees around the Tidal Basin Thursday morning and declared the blossoms at peak bloom.
Peak bloom is defined as the day when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. They usually then last seven to 10 days, barring high wind or heavy rain.
This year’s bloom feels late, because the average peak bloom date from 1992 through 2013 was March 31, the park service said.