Leather and Lace . . .
Two more blooming Spring opposites. They both grow on woody stems and at the same time of year, but that is where their commonalities end.
First, the Leatherleaf. It grows in wet areas such as around the edge of my lake or a swamp. The leaves are thick and hardy like leather (hence its name) and it sports small bell shaped flowers. They can survive freezing temperatures and will not even be harmed by … let’s say … a bear crawling over it. The blooms do not stand out very much (especially from a distance) and will last for several weeks.
Second, a blooming bush (it could be wild plum?). Dainty, fragile blooms that sparkle in the sunshine and blow apart with strong winds. Growing in higher, dry areas such as along the forest edge. Their blooms are very fancy, the early bees love them and they really stand out in the woods, but they are short lived.