Spring has Sprung

Officially, Spring has Sprung in my front yard. Take a look at my fabulous southern Dogwood that made it through our recent cold spell in Columbus, GA. Here in the South, there is one tree deserving of all of the springtime adulation it gets – the flowering dogwood (Comus florida). For us, more than any other tree, they herald spring.

No ornamental flowering tree is so beautiful in so many seasons. In spring, cruciform blossoms of white, pink, and red (yes, red) adorn leafless branches. Though summer isn’t its best season, its layered branches and broad, rounded form give it a tidy and classic look. Autumn is high time for dogwood once again. Among the first trees to show fall color, its leaves turn scarlet to deep wine-crimson. And there’s the added benefit of the delightful red berries that turn bright red about the same time as the leaves begin to change. They remain as long as the birds will let them. Believe it or not, the dogwood is beautiful in winter, too, with it’s biscuit-shaped flower buds, tiered lacy branches, and gray-brown, pebbled bark. A dogwood’s silhouette in winter is pure sculpture.

Healthy dogwoods have few problems. Stressed trees sometime fall victim to borers that chew holes in the bark near the base of the tree. But most bark problems come from careless people who mow or weed-whack too close to the tree and strip off the bark. If your dogwood won’t bloom, it’s most likely that it is planted in too much shade. Flowering plants always do better with adequate hours of sunshine.

My dogwood tree is beautiful, indeed, but it’s even more wonderful against that robin’s-egg blue backdrop.  Blue skies up above ………..


About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar Guild.photo (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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