HELLO, SUNSHINE–AND NOT JUST IN THE SKY. Cornus mas is an increasingly vibrant cloud of gold up on my hillside the last week. This easy shrub is also known as the Cornelian cherry, though it’s actually a dogwood—oh, don’t get me started on the uselessness of common names. Instead of forsythia, I grow Cornus mas (more on it here) and some other yellow earlybirds instead, the rest of which should be reporting for duty in a week or so. Meantime, I’m basking in this beauty.