This is my submission for the July “Picture This” photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild. I’m sure my grandmother took this picture of my mom, probably in the early to mid 60s. Adorable, no? The photo was taken in the piney woods of East Texas, and the flowering tree looks like a Mexican plum, Prunus mexicana, though I’m not sure. Maybe a flowering dogwood? Understory flowering trees are my favorite; I could fill my whole yard with them. I particularly love the pinnate-leaved ones, like huisache, acacia, mesquite, and goldenball lead tree. That filtered shade is just lovely. And of course my favorite is the Anacacho orchid tree, with its two-lobed leaves and bunches of white flowers. Right now I am struggling to keep leaves on my little trees. The weeping cypress and the fig are giving them up fast!