This tree, right here. Is my arboreal soulmate. If such a thing exists. I grew up with a deep affection for dogwoods for many reasons I’m sure you will find boring. But – if you lived in Knoxville, TN – you would understand. There’s a Dogwood Arts Festival every year and they paint a pink trail around town touring you around the prettiest dogwoods in the area. I became a hater of late frosts at a young age because they seemed to always take down our dogwoods.
Then, when I lived in Florence, AL, I heard about this dogwood in Huntsville. It is over 100-years old and was transplanted to the Botanical Gardens because of a road widening project that was going to take it out. Dogwoods are a bit fragile and this tree defied all odds by surviving the transport to become one of the cornerstones of our Gardens. I used to have a poster of it in my apartment back in Florence, I loved it so much.
YET SOMEHOW – I miss photographing it in full bloom EVERY YEAR. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
All weekend I kept commenting about how full the dogwoods look this spring. Everyone in every yard seems to have twice as many blossoms as they had last year. I mean, I must have pointed out 50 of them to MrZ throughout the weekend saying, “See! Pretty!”
But did it occur to me to go see the one at the Botanical Gardens? The Botanical Gardens I’m a member of and visit sometimes twice a week? No. Because I’m an idiot.
Then the talk of freeze warnings crept up on Monday and it hit me: SHIT. The dogwoods are going to die and I missed photographing the one at the Botanical Gardens AGAIN.
I don’t know if the freeze actually hit the Gardens or not, there were mixed reports around town. But – NikkiZ and I were there as soon as the weather warmed up today. The blossoms were a bit brown around the edges in places, but other than that? Perfect.
And for the rest of the week, you will have to deal with me uploading 90 million pictures of the damn tree, okay? There’s your warning. There will be some that have my daughter in them, as she took the opportunity while playing inside the tree to POOP. And her poop face surrounded by dogwood blossoms is about the most hilarious thing you’ll ever see.