The Dogwood



I love taking walks. In the late afternoons I head out, camera in hand, and walking shoes on. It gives me time to quiet my heart and enjoy nature and its beauty. There is a particular tree in my neighborhood that blooms every year. It is amazing, with beautiful white blooms that are tinted in the center of their petals with a deep pink. This lovely tree, I’m told, is called a Dogwood.

Today as I walked passed, I couldn’t help but stop and take some pictures. To my surprise the owner of the house came rushing out to see what I was doing. I assured her I was only taking pictures of the lovely tree and its blooms. She seemed to relax and I asked her why she was so anxious. She pointed to a sawed off branch and she said, “Every year around this time I have to stand vigil over this tree. We don’t know who it is and it could be more than one person but just before Easter they come by and cut off the blooming branches of our tree and put them in their floral arrangements or sell them in the black market. The blooming branches are worth quite a bit. My husband and I actually camp out here the night before Easter to make sure it’s safe.”

I was horrified at her story and saddened that someone would vandalize such a beautiful tree. The cuts they had made were terrible, and I noticed the stumps left on the tree needed attending to. I recommended she do some trimming and cut back the stumps rather than let them rot and possibly lose the tree.

I think she felt a little sheepish at the way she had rushed out, but I assured her she had every right to question what I was doing. Then she broke off a small branch of those beautiful blooms and gave them to me. She said, “Thank you for loving my tree as much as I do.”

It is always a wonderful thing to meet another passionate soul.





Here is the little blooming branch she gave me.





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Blessings! Nancy

16 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

Wow what a lovely and sad story too Nancy. I adore dogwood, we don't see it here in Australia often but it is available at some florists and is very expensive. I tried growing it once but the climate isn't right and I have zero green thumbs. THe tree you're admiring is stunning, just look at that wonderful bloom! So sweet of the lady to give you a branch of it and so sad that they have to guard it every Easter like that.

Lori said...

oh my!!! what is wrong with people...grow your OWN Dogwood to snip at!!! sad story, but very sweet that you were given a branch of the beautiful blooms!!!

Pam said...

My mom always tells me how beautiful the dogwoods were when we lived further north. Alas, I was too young to remember, and they do not grow this far south. Thank you for sharing the beauty!!

Sugar Bear said...

Such a beautiful tree. How sad that they have to stand vigil over it. I hope they can figure out who is taking what isn't theirs. How wonderful that she realized your pure intentions and shared the beauty with you.
Karla

bluemuf said...

Dear Nancy, that is such a heartfelt story. How kind the sweet woman is to give you the lovely flowering branch. Those flowers are so beautiful.

Hugs Karen

Rosemary said...

Hi Nancy,
Thanks so much for visiting me.
That is horrible that people would do that to someone elses tree. I have never seen that flower close-up before. It's beautiful, almost reminds me of an orchid.
Thanks so much for sharing,
Rosemary

Lorrie said...

I love dogwood trees. And I'm aghast that people would actually act in such a greedy and selfish manner. My goodness!

Lorrie

Felicia said...

How sad that someone would butcher that tree that way. Dogwoods are beautiful and the pink Dogwoods are uncommon.

LW said...

Our town adopted the dogwood as the town tree a few years back.

I feel so sorry for the owners of that tree, it is hard
enough to have to worry and safeguard our family and house but now one has to worry about the trees as well…

Louise

Simply Me Art said...

I just found you loveley blog. That Dogwood is Amazing. What a fantastic story and the branch is beautiful...

Sandra Evertson said...

Beautiful photos!
Sandra Evertson

PAINT MINE PINK said...

Hi Nancy, This is my first visit to your blog. My mum (collsgarden) said i just have to pop by and say hi to you :)
So glad i did, but gee what a sad story. I cannot believe the nerve of some people. How sweet for you though to be given a piece of branch. Thats lovely.

I will be popping back again for sure :)

Hugs,
Shannon.

NeereAnDear said...

Shame on anyone who would destroy such beauty or take without asking...

The dogwood is so beautiful ... graceful and stunning... I had one in my yard many years ago and its one tree I wish I still had..

HUGS

JO

Betzie said...

I love dogwood trees! Such a pretty post Nancy!!!
Hugs!

Miss Sandy said...

I too adore Dogwoods, we have them growing wild in the woods on our property, they just bloomed out day before yesterday!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I love the Dogwood, how sad that someone would just steal them and cut that beautiful old tree.
Lidy