Although spring officially only began last Saturday, here in north Florida it started a few weeks ago. One of the earliest spring bloomers here is the Eastern Redbud (Cersis canadensis), my favorite native tree. An Eastern Redbud all decked out in pink flowers is truly spectacular to behold. Up close, the blossoms look like tiny orchids or irises, as you can see in this photo I took in a neighborhood park. Spanish moss seems to like the redbud, too.
I only wish redbuds bloomed longer. Ours were in full glory just two weeks ago, and all the blossoms have been replaced by new leaves already.
© 2015 Karen Joslin