Friday, April 22, 2011

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree This Easter

Did you ever wonder why the dogwood tree blossoms every Easter season? I thought I would share a legend that I grew up hearing as a child. Each part of the tree has significance to the crucifixtion of Christ. As legends go, since they are unverified stories handed down from earlier times and popularly believed to be historical, this legend is not fact, but I enjoyed hearing it none-the-less. In the southern states, where I grew up, dogwood grew wild in the woods.

The Legend of the Dogwood

(author unknown)

In Jesus’ time,
the dogwood grew
to a stately size
and a lovely hue.

‘Twas strong and firm
it’s branches interwoven,
for the cross of Christ
its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress
at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise
which still holds good:

“Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.

Slender and twisted it shall be
with blossoms like the cross for all to see.

As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
the blossom’s center wears a thorny crown.

All who see it will remember Me
crucified on a cross
from the dogwood tree.

Cherished and protected,
this tree shall be.
A reminder to all of my agony.”

Now as we celebrate Easter, we focus not on the death of Christ, but his resurrection. He lives! We will be with him again! Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival

I thought I would share images taken at Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. My husband and I love to tour gardens and this one just happens to be located in Lehi, Utah, not far from us. More than a quarter million bulbs bloom throughout 55 acres of this beautiful garden and there are 15 themed gardens to enjoy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day-April 2011

-Hello garden friends! It has been a few weeks since I've posted anything on my garden blog, but it's great to be back. In a nutshell I was very sick for a couple weeks, was involved in my nephew's wedding, had company from out-of-state, and this week is our spring break! I finally had a little time to take some photos of my early spring garden a couple days ago. Wednesday was a beautiful day so I took advantage of the mild weather to pull weeds and prune perennials. I was out in the garden for hours and my back can vouch for that. The weather here has been so fickle! We've had very few days to work in the yard. In fact it snowed all last weekend and during my nephew's wedding! I was the photographer...try taking photos in the snow! Crazy! I'M SO SICK OF THE SNOW! I need sunlight and warm weather. No kidding...we've had six long months of winter. I need to win the lottery so I can buy a winter home out of Utah! O.K. I'll stop complaining.

Saucer Magnolia x Soulangeana

I'm happy to report that I actually have a few blooms to share on Garden Blogger's Bloom Day! We've had an unusually cool wet spring season so far, even for Utah.

Creeping Phlox x Subulata

I'm not sure what variety of tulip this is. It's an early bloomer. These were given to us a few years ago.

This is my sweet little snow pea plant. I planted the seeds a month ago, but with the extremely cool weather, it has slowed the progress of my spring garden.