this is the time of year i really start to take notice of all the dogwood in my environment. it likes most soil, so we have a lot of it. the brilliant red against the brown and white backdrop of winter is a day brightener. each thicket appears to have its own shade of red. i assumed it was due to varying nutrients in the soil. but wiki tells me it has more to do with relative amounts of sun and shade. whatever wiki, i love them.
red osier dogwood
rice creek regional trial, saint paul, minnesota