Earlier this spring I was struck by some interesting tree and shrub flowers. When we visited Chantry Island there was a Chestnut Tree beside the beach in Southampton; the others are on our own property.
Chestnut flowers are absolutely amazing as far as flowers go; this tree was heavily laden with fat spikes of blossoms.
A close-up shows some of the delicate beauty of the blooms.
Our neighbours have some hybrid poplar trees, so we also have 'poplar fluff', (which comes genetically speaking, from the Cottonwood tree, used in breeding the fast growing hybrids. Briefly in late June the white fluff rains down, carrying the seeds.
Getting caught on smaller trees, shrubs, and in the grass. In places I've heard people describe it as 'snow'. It's really a little white parachute attached to a tiny seed.
This Austrian Pine flower is strikingly different. Pines have a variety of male and female 'flowers' that eventually develop the pine cones.
And finally a shrub, this one the Red Osier Dogwood. I think I need to pay more attention to shrubs and get to know a few beside the common ones, and search out some other shrub flowers and berries to photography - maybe next year.