Dogwood Love And Lore


Dogwoods are my favorite. I have loved the lore that surrounds them since I was a kid.  And I have come to love them more now that they bloom so beautifully in my yard.

I can’t believe the blossoms have nearly come and gone. I look forward to them every spring.  And thanks to our crazy winter everything seems to be blooming on a delayed schedule, so gratefully they have stuck around longer than expected. Joy!

I have forgotten how much I love the stunning white blossoms, the petal-tip crimson detail, and the beaded center head.  It still gives me chills to see them in full bloom as the words of the dogwood poem ring in my ears.

Coincidence that it comes alive at Easter? Probably not.

Coincidence that I have adored the tree from the west coast only to find that it is the official flower of my adopted state? Not likely.

Coincidence that Jason planted them so I can see their glory from the kitchen? No way.

While I am sad to see the blossoms fade, I am grateful for the vibrant green leaves that have come in their places, ready to provide cooling shade for imminent warm hot southern days.

Don’t have a dogwood in your yard?  Get one. They are easy to care for.  You can read more about them here.

Haven’t heard of the dogwood poem?  Here is it.  I distinctly remember sitting at a desk in my Catholic school uniform, rewriting the poem in my best cursive and coloring a picture to go with it. I have no idea who wrote it. Nor do I think there is any biblical basis for it.  But I do think it is a sweet poem. Think of it the next time you see a dogwood.

And see if it doesn’t give you chills too.

The Dogwood Poem

3 thoughts on “Dogwood Love And Lore

  1. Molly Pasutti

    wow Kelly, I had no clue about the history of this flower. It did give me chills. Thank you for sharing this precious information about such a stunning flower. Love, Joy, and hugs, Molly

  2. Cindy

    So sweet, and a lovely reminder ofhow much I, too, love my dogwood tree. It is the only one in my yard, positioned to shade my kitchen window. I do embrace the blossoms and then the shade this subtle tree provides – a majestic, tender backdrop to frame my day. Such a beautiful blog!

  3. Katy

    Thank you, thank you for this Kelly! This is a special post! Sharing your story ties perfectly into what we have going on in CA… Sadly, Megan’s first grade teacher passed away last week from cancer. We are planting a DOGWOOD tree outside her classroom in her honor. I am passing the poem on to our principal to read at the dedication and give to the family. Your story of that poem and the meaning will be a gift to all who knew her. You’re awesome! Love you!


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