May 17th, 2011
Searching For Dogwood
Posted by Francesca
There are so many flowering trees at our farm in Bedford, but for some reason, Martha hasn’t planted one of my favorite varieties, the dogwood. I’ve been reading up on dogwood and from my findings, it seems that the bark of one of the European species, when boiled in water, was once use for washing dogs suffering from mange, thus its name. I also read something rather romantic about dogwood and went searching for the few specimens at the farm.
1 Could this possibly be what I'm looking for? No, I think not. This tree looks like a crab apple.
2 These are definitely petals and not the petal-like bracts of a dogwood tree.
3 How about that tree? Dogwoods also come in lovely shades of pink.
4 Hmmm, I'm not so sure about this one either.
5 No! This is pretty, but definitely not a dogwood.
6 I believe these blossoms are actually red horse chestnut.
7 And this looks nothing like a dogwood! I believe it's a weeping beech, a wonderful tree for hiding under! I'll have to play a good one on Sharkey!
8 Excuse me, Francesca! If you're looking for a dogwood, the horses told me that there are some blooming out in the woods. Just hop on the Kawasaki and go find them.
9 Well, I'll be! Clive was very well-informed!
10 A dogwood for sure! Did you know that in the Victorian Era, flowering sprigs of dogwoods were presented to unmarried women by male suitors to signify their affection?
11 Sigh... I would just love if some dashing Frenchie would court me with dogwood blooms!
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