Dogwood Branch

Dogwood Branch © 2010 Bo Mackison

Dogwood Branch © 2010 Bo Mackison

Nothing in nature quite persuades me it is spring again like the lovely dogwood. Dogwoods don’t grow in Wisconsin. (We do have particularly lovely crab apple blossoms in our clime, but the crab apple spring show is still a few weeks away.)

These particular dogwoods are from my hometown in western Illinois, where the trees are dotted throughout every neighborhood, and many of the trees are now beginning to flower. Always a lovely sight.

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  1. Dogwoods and Cedars try to grow in the Kansas prairies however the Kansans chop them and/or burn them down They want the tall native grass to grow and the trees hinder the process. Cedars are sometimes grown as windbreaks or as a hedge for privacy.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      That might be the red osier dogwood, Preston. They tend to be a bit weedy. These blossoms are from the lowering Dogwood, cornus florida, usually a highly sought after ornamental. Though they probably wouldn’t look quite right in the middle of a tallgrass prairie!

  2. Wonderful photo; the flwer leaps off the screen.

  3. They are so pretty but they don’t grow here. I sure wish they did!

  4. Lovely sight, Bo! They are blooming in abundance here, along with the ubiquitous redbuds! Ah, I love spring!

  5. Again, very lovely.

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