A Dogwood Winter

We’re having what the locals call “dogwood winter.” That’s when it turns colder when the dogwoods are in bloom. We’re supposed to have patchy frost tomorrow morning, and the mornings have been pretty crisp, usually in the 40s, with windy days and highs between 60 and 70°.

Some of the dogwoods have dropped their leaves, but many are still in bloom. Some of the native azaleas have faded, but some are just starting to bloom, and others are still in full color. I saw some rare red ones the other day. That’s a little unusual because most of them are bright orange. Everyone knows I have a soft spot for the native plants, but I think the wild ones are much more beautiful than the cultivated pink variety.

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