Dogwood in bloom

I wonder how this plant got its name, “dogwood”. There doesn’t seem to be much about its trunk, branches, leaves or flowers that looks very doggy, though of course the wood part works.

Whatever its name, though, the dogwood trees are among the most lovely in springtime. At first the blossoms are pale green, as they are right now, but soon they will lighten to almost white before they finally let go, covering the ground with their snow-like petals.

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2 thoughts on “Dogwood in bloom

  1. Wikipedia thinks “The word dogwood comes from dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of very hard wood for making ‘dags’ (daggers, skewers). The wood was also highly prized for making loom shuttles, arrows, tool handles, and other small items that required a very hard and strong wood.”

    I wouldn’t know. I very seldom do much with wood except sit by the fire with a cup of tea, patch the chicken coop with salvaged pallets, or prop up bean vines.

    1. Hmmm. Now that I know dogwood makes good loom shuttles, we may be missing a branch or two by next year. Of course, I’ll need to learn to carve.

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