This year's Dogwood show is considerably less spectacular than previous years. Usually there is a cloud of white above the main Azalea display.
Dogwoods are long revered in the Deep South garden. Once when friends were about to build a new house in Henry County, GA she asked the heavy equipment operator to leave as many dogwoods as he could. He replied, "Lady, I don't bulldoze dogwoods!"
The tree above was bird-planted. It sat, tiny and unremarkable for years.
Suddenly one year it began to grow. It has 3 blooms this year.
Another bird-planted tree with fewer blossoms that expected.
It takes about 5 years to reach blooming size.
I'll let you know if the pink bracts on that one tree turn darker or fade to white. Most of the bright pink Dogwoods seen in gardens are grafted specimens. Rarely is a pink Dogwood noticed in woods here.