Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dogwood I've never seen

I was reading someone's blog and saw a photo of a dogwood tree in flower. Although I've never seen such a tree (Cornus florida) in person, due to my geography, I knew it.

I think it's cool because I've never seen it and because there is a total certainty in the pointy little 5-year-old voice which chimes up and says "That's a dogwood blossom!" even though my grown-up, prairie native adult mind says "I've never seen that, and MY dogwood does not look like that!"

That's because my mom had a tablecloth that had Cornus florida blossoms with accents of pink. I can't remember what it covered. I remember admiring it is all. Obviously I really, really admired it.

Share your love of plants with your kids like my mom did. No kid is too young. Really.


squidlee said...

That's true! My older daughter has the "rosebush bug" and my younger daugher is getting hibiscus bush dividings and peonies this season. The connection with the earth is sweet and warm, the resultant blooms a constant delight!

Lori "The Soil Whisperer" Guenter said...

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. Plant the seeds and watch them grow! Even, one day, when you are long gone, your kids will still enjoy the fruits of those seeds. And, if they're smart and lucky, they'll pass them along to others.

By the way, not only plants start as seeds....