I kind of dropped the ball on lilac season here in Rockridge (everyone seems to have harvested all of their lilac) so I wanted to make sure to get to the dogwood before the season is over. Just look at this glorious dogwood tree around the corner from my house:
I was spotted by the resident while snapping pictures. Apparently, there is a trip line just in front of where I was standing, put there to catch dogwood poachers(!) Apparently several have been caught. In spite of the apprehension of perpetrators the woman said that she had almost stopped being able to enjoy the tree over the years because of the constant poaching. Isn’t that awful? On the other hand I don’t know why I was so surprised. I’ll never forget my first month in Rockridge with all my roses flourishing only to go outside one day to find them all chopped off the top of the bush. So sad.
Here are two more beautiful examples of dogwood I found in Rockridge:
My mother reminded me of the legend of dogwood, which is particularly appropriate for the coming week. According to legend, the cross of the Crucifixion was made of dogwood. Ever after, dogwood trees had blossoms in the shape of a cross, two long petals and two short. The outer edge of the petals are indented and brown due to nail prints and rust, and the center is made to represent a crown of thorns.
For more pictures of dogwood,