But as I thought about it, I realized that Mother Nature is blissfully unaware of this seasonal etiquette, or she's once again decided to shun the shackles of human constraint and rebel to her heart's content. Whatever the case, when it comes to woody ornamentals, the dominant spring fashion has been cascading clusters of white.
As I've photographed my home garden, the University of Illinois campus, the Illinois Arboretum and the Missouri Botanical Garden this spring, my lens has found white in all shapes, textures and sizes.
Crataegus mollis (Downy Hawthorn)
Spiraea prunifolia (Bridalwreath Spirea)
Exochorda racemosa (Pearlbush)
Cornus sericea (Red-Twig Dogwood)
Prunus avium 'Lapins' (Bird Cherry)
Magnolia denudata (Yulan Magnolia)
Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia)
Prunus salicina (Japanese Plum)
Prunus serrulata (Japanese Flowering Cherry)
Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford' (Bradford Pear)
Cornus florida (Dogwood)
Malus sp. (Crabapple)