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.

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Could this possibly be what I'm looking for?  No, I think not.  This tree looks like a crab apple.

1 Could this possibly be what I'm looking for? No, I think not. This tree looks like a crab apple.

These are definitely petals and not the petal-like bracts of a dogwood tree.

2 These are definitely petals and not the petal-like bracts of a dogwood tree.

How about that tree?  Dogwoods also come in lovely shades of pink.

3 How about that tree? Dogwoods also come in lovely shades of pink.

Hmmm, I'm not so sure about this one either.

4 Hmmm, I'm not so sure about this one either.

No!  This is pretty, but definitely not a dogwood.

5 No! This is pretty, but definitely not a dogwood.

I believe these blossoms are actually red horse chestnut.

6 I believe these blossoms are actually red horse chestnut.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Well, I'll be!  Clive was very well-informed!

9 Well, I'll be! Clive was very well-informed!

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?

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?

Sigh... I would just love if some dashing Frenchie would court me with dogwood blooms!

11 Sigh... I would just love if some dashing Frenchie would court me with dogwood blooms!

Comments (11)

  • Hello Ladies,
    I'm your man--Basil to the rescue with dogwood, except one problem. No dogwood around here. Believe me, I would be a great suitor for you Franny. I am even the same color. But, thus I am much older, and we are very good friends. Why spoil a friendship with romance?? Yuk. I have confidence, you will find your dogwood suitor. That would make a rather great animated special, don't you think?? Well, have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Oh ho there Francesca is that the sound of romance in the air? I guess driving around the farm looking at beautiful trees has put you in the mood. So you wish for a dashing Frenchie to sweep you off your paws hmmm? Wonder who that might be? Neither you nor Sharkey would lack for any suitors that's for sure. :wink:

  • Franchesca, Why don't you have Martha do a spin off of the Bachlor/Bachlorette Show by using dogs instead of people? She could have male Frenchies come to the farm and you can have dates and pick the one you want. It would be a hit.........

  • Oh Basil..... I'm single, same color as Franny and I like any kind of flower :) APRIL FOOLS!!! (I know it's May) I like being single and queen of my castle. Franny are you crazy looking for a suitor? You and Sharkey have the life while spoil it getting into a relationship?

    Franny that dogwood you found is a very pretty tree and I'll send Kevin an email maybe he'll drop by with a bouquet of dogwood blooms.

    It's raining again today and it looks like the rest of the week. Oh well I guess I'll catch up on my beauty rest.

    Zoe

  • Fear not, Francesca, there are suitors on the horizon, but they may not come in Frenchie; would you consider Chorkie? I may be a little smaller than you, but I'm tough and smart (and I love internal combustion engines)! May I have the pleasure of offering you some prime dogwood? Give me a chance! Merci Beaucoup!

  • there are also yellow dogwoods as well, mine has not flowered since planted, but have a beautiful autumn colour this year, so hoping this Spring I might be lucky.

    Could we have some information on the Bay tree, as I was given one for mother's day please?

  • What great flowering trees! My favorite is the dogwood...someday I will get one, but then I always say that *!* ;)
    I love the photo of you Francesca and the dogwood...

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    There are a few of those trees in my back yard Franny. You can come and look at them but the blooms are all gone now. Mommy wants to take the two trees in the front yard down and plant some Dogwood trees there. I think it would look really good because the two trees are too big and the limbs are beginning to spread apart. One of these days during a strong wind, the limbs will be broken. Hope they don’t hit Daddy’s truck. Well it’s another cool day here so I guess we’ll be working in the front yard again. But until then, it’s nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Francesca, you keep doing such beautiful blog posts and I love seeing photos of you because you are so beautiful! I would love to bring some dogwood blooms to you and court you! We don't have any in our yard, but there are plenty in our area and I'm sure you would love them! You are so smart! I didn't know those things about dogwoods, especially about the mange cure. Thanks for sharing! My favorite photo is #11! Sure hope everyone has a terrific day today! We finally have some sunshine-yippy! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Frannie that last photo of you near the dogwood is precious.

    I suggest you put that photo on a doggy dating site! :)

    The dogs will come a callin' for you!

    gail

  • Hey Frannie you look pawsome next to the Beautiful dogwood tree blossoms! They are so pretty!

    Don't you worry 'bout a beau Franny the perfect beau will find you 'cause you are a sweetie pie!

    woo woos, Tessa

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