A couple of years ago my family visited the Asheville area in North Carolina. We left wintry, grey Illinois and arrived in a land of flowers and birdsong. I was smitten! We loved it so much there that we’re planning to visit again in March. As we drove I noticed some striking trees blooming along the highway. They turned out to be Cornus florida, or Flowering Dogwood. They have a striking presence, holding their large flowers on horizontal branches stacked up in layers.