Monday, March 13, 2006

Redbud Season

The redbud is blooming in Mississippi! Lining the highways and in many yards and fence rows, this lanky native species is one of my favorites. I know the spectacular Bradford Pear and Japanese Magnolia are much more showy, but I would rather have the more delicate and understated beauty of the redbud. A beautiful and useful bee plant, it frequently gets little attention because of the showier plants blooming at the same time, including the Spring queen of flowering southern shrubs, the azalea. But gentle pink/lavender blooms against the not yet green hardwoods have a more natural place in the southern landscape.

Next up, the flowering dogwood. I love Spring!

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