Cottonwood (in this post Populus fremontii, the Fremont cottonwood) is a very interesting tree. It has seed pods that bloom into cottony structures that allow the seeds to be carried long distances by the wind. You will notice in this post that it blooms extraordinarily quickly, as over the course of a couple of hours the cottony bloom grows like crazy. I had fun experimenting with this lovely branch, and added some peony, garden rose, and loquat to brighten things up a bit. Note: Cottonwood is designed by nature to spread as far as possible. Once it is fully "cottony", it will try to do so at the lightest breeze or movement - in your house. Long story short - it's pretty, but messy.
These final shots are 2 hours after the initial DIY pics. Notice the difference in bloom size
Close up of evolution over 1-2 hours
peony / loquat / cottonwood / poppy pod / garden rose
Styling, design, and photography by Kiana Underwood