The Dogwood

For some reason, this is a good year for the dogwood. Local dogwoods are in fine form. Even the little one in our yard is blooming prolifically.

It is the provincial floral emblem of British Columbia.

The Dogwood Speaks Out

 

One day I could be forty-five,

That’s feet in height, I mean.

My flowers are a velvet white

With just a hint of green.

 

Their petals number four to six,

But never all the same, 

And now I’m sure you’re wondering,

“How did it get that name?”

 

In Sanskrit, I am named for “dag,”

Which happens to be “skewer,”

But changing “dag” to “dog” makes sense,

And questions asked are fewer.

 

The berries on my flowers feed

An awful lot of birds,

And deer who want to browse my twigs

Keep munching them in herds.

 

The bears and beavers eat my leaves,

Perhaps they think I’m salad.

Then satisfied, they amble on, 

They burp and sing a ballad.

 

For tanning agents and for dyes,

My bark is useful too.

The Salish and the Thompsons somehow

Knew just what to do.

 

The Cowichans made knitting needles

From my solid wood.

They knitted sweaters with designs

As often as they could.

 

I’m useful and I’m beautiful,

I’m really quite a tree,

For B.C.’s floral emblem

They’ve officially chosen me.

 

41 thoughts on “The Dogwood

  1. Peter Klopp

    Recently my wife and I visited our latest granddaughter in Victoria. So many dogwood trees in full blossoms attracted our attention. Unfortunately, they are not doing so well in the Interior. Great photos, my friend!

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  2. Marsha

    A poet and a botanist on our glorious dogwood tree, specially favored as our B.C. Floral emblem. Very appreciated Anneli, another A+!

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  3. Ursula

    A wonderful tree with wonderful flowers on it and a very wonderful poem! Your post just made me feel so good and happy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

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