IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! I know that’s supposed to be Christmas, but honestly when Savannah is in bloom the city goes from wonderful to *magical*. We are so lucky to live in a climate where so many beautiful plants thrive; in spring, though, Savannah really pulls out all the stops.
Camellias come in shades of pink, red, white, and peach and are a symbol of the South, as well as the state flower of Alabama. You can find them throughout residential areas and especially in Bonaventure Cemetery, where they bloom through the winter. You might remember the white camellia from To Kill A Mockingbird, as a symbol of patience and understanding. Fun fact: the plant from which almost every tea we drink comes from is the camellia sinensis, otherwise known as the tea camellia.
Dogwood trees and their pretty flowers are the guarantee that winter is over and spring is here! Dogwoods are one of the most widely planted ornamental trees in Georgia, and it’s easy to see why. The showy part of a dogwood flower is actually something called bracts, which are modified leaves that change color. The true “flower” on a dogwood is much smaller and much less spectacular.
You know it’s spring when tulip magnolias begin to send showers of pretty pink petals down to carpet the ground. They bloom first, in white and pink goblet shapes that can reach up to six inches before the foliage appears. (These are not to be confused with magnolia trees, which flower later in the summer and have dinner-plate sized white .)
The star of Savannah’s springtime celebration is definitely the azaleas, like the ones in the picture above. There are literally thousands of varieties! They bloom in March/April, and vary in color gradients of white, yellow, purple, red, pink, and orange. They are a trademark of Savannah, and can be found all over the Historic District and Streets, along walkways in Bonaventure Cemetery, in Forsyth Park, and all over Chatham County.
We have so much lush greenery, plants and trees in the South, it’s easy to take it for granted—but not in the spring! There are always new blooms to see, perfumed blossoms to sniff, and verdant green trees to relax under.
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