Shell-pink dogwoods

Pardon my bragging, but my hometown of Shreveport really puts on a show in the springtime. One of my favorite views is azaleas shaded by dogwoods under a canopy of pines. This is one of the rare pink dogwoods (note the azaleas set back against the house). Photos of pink dogwoods never do them justice.

Actually, we’ve had a mixed-up spring, with a frost before the early Easter Sunday (March 31), warm weather, another near frost … early bloomers like forsythia, flowering quince, and “tulip trees” (Japanese magnolias) lingering into first blooms of dogwood and azalea. Peak of azaleas actually quite late–but lovely nevertheless.

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