Thursday, April 07, 2022

Just a Breath

Spring, although filled with tasks and events, does creep in so slowly and yet so determinedly.  Each day some minuscule change happens and unless you are measuring, you do not notice.  Soon the season will be mature.

While I have several native dogwoods that bloom white in the understory of the woods, I have a cultivar of a dogwood in the front yard that seems as beautiful to me in the small first bud of early spring as it does when mature.   Its "blossoms" are symbols of love, luck, and rebirth throughout the world.  It also has religious meaning for many.  The beautiful part of the bloom is the bracts or leaves outside the blossoms.  We think they are the petals of the flower because they are colored and not green, but they are not.  Inside are 20 tiny blossoms...the actual flowers.

Below is what my tree looks like this week...such a tease.






15 comments:

  1. Beautiful tree, the colors are perfect for each other.

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  2. When I lived in Virginia, the dogwood was something I had never seen before. I was like a kid with a new toy. So excited every year. I look forward to seeing yours bloom.

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  3. Such a beauty! I’ve never seen one. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What a marvellous flower, and your focus and bokeh is really good.

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  5. Nature has many ways to keep life moving.

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  6. Oh, yes, a tease indeed. My native white ones are at about that stage too.

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  7. Dogwoods are among my favorite of the flowering trees, although we don't have many here.

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  8. As you say, there are signs of spring everywhere now. And it's not just the plants. Mammals have awakened from hibernation, and migratory birds have returned. It's a great time of the year.

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  9. I recall the beauty of the dogwoods when we lived where they bloomed.

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  11. Ywes, home again and glad to be here. No, not one rosebush to be seen. They had hundreds of long cultivated bushes yanked out after giving the gardening staff permission to take what they wanted. New owners. Clean sweep. The rooms are horrible, bare and cold. The staff is young and cares, the food could be good and innovative but they are understaffed. The landscape architect is innovative, but the condos in front are ugly.

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  12. Aha, I need to plant one of these. Which cultivar is it, Tabor?

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    1. It may be the Cherokee Chief dogwood. We bought it over a decade ago.

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  13. Hope your spring is going well

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  14. We don't have dogwoods like that in England, as far as I know. Ours are white, and you can also get cultivated ones with amazingly brightly coloured stems, which look wonderful in the winter, as they offer a big splash of colour. I do love your sort from your pictures, though, and i would look forward to seeing them all year.

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