Ornamental Pear trees are the first to blossom in our area.
This beautiful Red Tip tree/shrub looks like this now, too.
The red parts are new leaves sprouting from the tips of the branches. This plant looks deciduous, but it's an evergreen. It, too, will have sprays of tiny white flowers in about a month. Both this and the Ornamental Pear trees were new to me when we moved to Tennessee. I still marvel at them, as well as all the other shrubs and trees that either remain green throughout the winter or burst with blossoms in the spring.
And then there are the maples ...
This wonderfulness is just the beginning. The flowering crab trees will be blooming by this weekend. Then before we know it, the Dogwoods and azaleas will create a full bloom wonderland. Spring is wonderful most everywhere, but I've never experienced such an abundance of spring flowers anywhere else that I've lived.