The skies were clear at last year’s kite festival. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

In the meantime, check out our cherry blossom/haiku photo gallery, in which we’ve paired some of the loveliest photos of the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin with some of the best haikus submitted by readers. Take a look, and then send in your own cherry blossom verses or photos to share.

We’ve got lots of information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, including ideas on places to eat, how to get around and a map. You can also check out historical photos of the trees and look at photos of this year’s early blooms .