How did the dogwood tree get its name?
The dogwood tree has been near and dear to my heart for several reasons. First, I found a piece called the “Legend of the Dogwood”. This three verse poem associates the dogwood with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Although my dogwood trees are not yet in bloom, I can see traces of what is to be. Often our lives are like that. Although we have not matured in our faith others see traces of what is to be. Our first dogwood tree was purchased by mail order from a nursery catalog. My husband chose a pink dogwood since it was different than those that grew wild. When the “twig” arrived he planted it just off the corner of the porch. Although our specimen never flourished, it continued to grow and eventually produced beautiful blossoms – like the ones in the catalog that lured us to purchase it. Shortly after the first blossoms we noticed a blemish in the bark. Within a couple years the bark near the ground peeled off. It was not long until the tree withered and died. Our next vent