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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Plant of the Week #1-The DOGWOOD tree

Plant of the Week #1
DOGWOOD TREE
Teaching 4 Moments-Pink flowering Dogwood tree
Pink Flowering Dogwood

I love teaching my kids about the plants all around us!  Being able to have them point out plants from the car as we drive by, or from walks we take, by name makes me so proud.  What can I say, I think it's awesome!  I'm going to try and feature some of my favorite plants once a week along with some quick facts about the plant to teach your kids.  I tend to go a little crazy with taking pictures of plants as well, but I hope you will get an idea of how gorgeous they are from some of the pictures.  Enjoy!

Pink Flowering-DOGWOOD

Chances are, you've seen hundreds of Dogwood trees throughout your life.  They are a very popular tree in landscaping and are even the state tree of three states (Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia), as well as being the state flower of Virginia.  The flowering variety of Dogwood blooms in the Spring.  

It is said that Native Americans...
planted their crops as soon as the Dogwood bloomed.  Dogwood trees can bloom in pink or white.  Each of these is beautiful!  Once the flower has opened up, it will soon drop off and be replaced by green leaves throughout the summer.  In the Fall, edible berries will show up, but they don't taste good, so I certainly wouldn't eat them!  

I have some gorgeous pictures of a white flowering Dogwood on a different computer, so I'll post them when I can get to them. Enjoy the pink Dogwood flowers! 

Teaching 4 Moments-Flowering Pink Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood


Teaching 4 Moments-Pink Flowering Dogwood with Chloe
"C" with a Pink Flowering Dogwood
Do you have a Dogwood in your yard?