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Kentucky Color: Wonder of Spring, Dogwoods budding already - 30 Mar 2018
Some background on how dogwoods got their name
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By Billy Joe Fudge
President, Homeplace on Green River
Are we looking at this endogenous, wonder of Spring or is it looking at us? Maybe a bit of both, I suppose. It reminds me of a Star Wars' creature about to burst forth with death and destruction rather than an earthly reminder of the renewal of life.
At any rate, the blooming process is beginning in Flowering Dogwood. Cornus florida is one of our most recognizable and beautiful species of trees native to the Eastern United States and is the only one I think, with Florida in its name. One, Juan Ponce de Leon called what is now Florida, La Florida or flowery land according to most sources and that part of the name surely fits. One theory for the common name Dogwood is that of a wooden instrument for cleaning metal without scratching which was called a "dagge". The dagge had to be made from a hard wood with the properties of Dogwood, hence the name "daggewood" and then maybe morphing into Dogwood.
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