Blooming has finally begun! All plants will not flower at once, each species has it’s own specific circadian rhythm telling it that conditions are perfect for for flower and/or pollen production. Up here in the great, white north only a few trees and shrubs have begun to flower, making identification easy, what is happening in your region?
New England Efflorescence
Spring comes slowly way up here, in fits and starts before it truly sticks. But we are finally starting to see some blooms,some of the first trees and shrubs to blossom are magnolias, red maples and andromeda. The feature photo is a Cornelian cherry dogwood growing a the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH (http://www.nhdfl.org/land-conservation/urban-forestry-center/) it is one of the first dogwoods to bloom but maybe not the most beautiful.
In addition to the blooming red maples, magnolias and andromeda, the mid atlantic region will also begin to see forsythia, weigela and azaleas producing flowers.
Out there in hardiness zones 5a to 6b it can feel like it is never going to thaw and spring blooms are worth their weight in gold. The harbingers of spring may come in the forms of; American hazelnut, vernal witchhazel, pussy willow, forsythia, Cornelian cherry dogwoods and many bulbs.