Dogwoods in the Walla Walla Valley are wonderful right now. Although some trees took a little beating from the harsh winter, the bloom is wonderful as usual. These trees brighten Pioneer Park, a great place for a Sabbath afternoon stroll or a picnic lunch.
In nature, dogwoods usually appear in partially shaded locations such as the edge of woods. Hence their designation by many as “understory” trees, and where they bloom relatively sparsely. This one in Pioneer Park appears to be growing as understory to the surrounding century-old giants. Why is it so densely floriferous? Because many years ago someone, wise to the ways of dogwoods, planted it in a little clearing where it receives abundant sunshine.
These pink dogwoods line the main drive into Pioneer Park. The close-ups below are from the tree in Darlene and Wes Cooper’s sunny Boise yard.
“‘For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’”
Says the LORD, who has mercy on you. “ Isaiah 54:10 NKJV