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Wonderful close-up Larry... i have never seen Dogwood flowers before... they look very delicate....petersmile
Larry Bliss: They are delicate--the flowers don't last very long...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:00
It looks gorgeous Larry
Larry Bliss: Thank you, Chris. They are a common sight...
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:13
How could I have forgotten the Dogwood this year, Larry! Ohhhh. I remember waiting for them each year in Atlanta, knowing Easter weekend would soon arrive. Thanks for reminding me.
Larry Bliss: I am faxing over a packet of dogwood seeds. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Apr 2013, 07:28
Most attractive, Larry. I like the subtle texture to the petals.
Larry Bliss: They are beautiful...
lovely odd flower
Larry Bliss: Very popular here in North Carolina...
quite nice framing of this beautiful flowers Larry
Larry Bliss: Thanks, JC. I tried to get some purple flowers in the background...
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 17 Apr 2013, 10:04
I have learnt something today Larry and so I am now content.
Larry Bliss: Glad I could help... see Louis's comments below...
If you would and I would, certainly a dogwood.
Larry Bliss: Ouch! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Apr 2013, 13:15
I wondered about the name dogwood. Whether it is the tree that dogs try to take aim at. So I looked it up. In Wiki I found:

The name "dog-tree" entered the English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to "dogwood" by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to this kind of tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound's Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries (the latter a name also for the berries of black nightshade, alluding to Hecate's hounds). Another theory advances the view that "dogwood" was derived from the Old English dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of its very hard wood for making "dags" (daggers, skewers, and arrows). Another, earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree. Geoffrey Chaucer uses "whippletree" in The Canterbury Tales ("The Knight's Tale", verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. A whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, linking the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file; these items still bear the name of the tree from which they are commonly carved.

I read about dogwood in books, but have never seen one. So, thanks.
Larry Bliss: And thank you for the elucidation. Dogwoods are a common sight in the South.
Cornus are underrated, the flowers of this type are magnificent as are the winter bark effects of other types.
Larry Bliss: A flower not to be underrated. smile
It is rather fine Larry.
Larry Bliss: Thank you, Bill...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Apr 2013, 19:28
New for me, Larry - exquisite
Larry Bliss: Thanks kindly, Lisl...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Apr 2013, 04:40
I had to google for Dogwood. The Dutch name does not ring a bell either. It is beautiful and reading from the comment of Ginnie, a real Spring-thing.
Love the DOV in the picture.
Larry Bliss: thanks for the appreciation, Astrid...
Dogwood blossoms are always so beautiful! Nice shot Larry!
Larry Bliss: Glad you like it, Elizabeth

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