Spring was making a more than tentative appearance during our recent trip to the southeastern US. In spite of the severe dry conditions, we saw Redbuds and Flowering Dogwoods in south Georgia and Florida. The tiny green flowers and their white petal-like bracts of this Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) which we saw in a state park in northern Florida were in much better condition than those we saw further south.
A few strands of Spanish Moss are seen in the background. Spanish Moss is not a moss but is an air plant which is common on some hardwood trees, especially Live Oaks in this part of the U.S.
Many years ago when we lived in Georgia, the Flowering Dogwood display in the Atlanta area in April was spectacular. People sometimes said that it looked like a cotton field from the air.
Several inches of snow fell today. Every inch is welcome to recharge dry soil as we wait for Spring. We have a Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) outside this study window. The layered branches all the way to the pagoda-shaped crown wear white snow fur along their tops.
The Pagoda Dogwood is a northern cousin of the Flowering Dogwood with very different blossoms – flat-topped clusters of fluffy, white, tiny flowers – that appear in late Spring. Their ranges overlap so some people can enjoy their beauty in succession.