The incredibly beautiful Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Florida) trees are blooming on Dogwood Lane. They are the official State Tree and Flower of the Commonwealth of Virginia and what a sight when in bloom. The large evergreens and historic trees served as a wonderful canvas background for these beauties. Our spring photo walks in Virginia have garnered a large cache of beautiful images and the cold, late snow and plentiful rain has made an impact on the flowering blooms. Truly this is the time to have your gear at the ready!
TO dreamy languors and the violet mist
Of early Spring, the deep sequestered vale
Gives first her paling-blue Miamimist,
Where blithely pours the cuckoo’s annual tale
Of Summer promises and tender green,
Of a new life and beauty yet unseen.
The forest trees have yet a sighing mouth,
Where dying winds of March their branches swing,
While upward from the dreamy, sunny South,
A hand invisible leads on the Spring.
His rounds from bloom to bloom the bee begins
With flying song, and cowslip wine he sups,
Where to the warm and passing southern winds,
Azaleas gently swing their yellow cups.
Soon everywhere, with glory through and through,
The fields will spread with every brilliant hue.
But high o’er all the early floral train,
Where softness all the arching sky resumes,
The dogwood dancing to the winds’ refrain,
In stainless glory spreads its snowy blooms.
*George Marion McClellan