Monday, March 16, 2009


Today is Blooming Tuesday over at MsGreen'thumb'Jeans ,Thank you Jean for hosting Blooming Tuesday so we can see all the beautiful blooms that grow all around the country.

Today I am showing a picture of blooms from the dogwood tree in my son's back yard.He bought me one this year but it will not have blooms until next year.I do believe this is the most beautiful flowering tree there is,and it has such a wonderful smell.Below the picture I have posted the Legend of the Dogwood tree.It is a wonderful story.

Legend of The Dogwood Tree StoryTwo thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.
When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.
One day, the wood gatherers received a special request. An officer of the Roman court came and said, "The King of Jews is to be put to death. Deliver an extra-large cross made from your finest wood." So, a fresh tree was cut from the forest of the trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. An extra-tall (and extra-heavy) cross was quickly made and delivered.

Three days after the death of Jesus of Nazereth, the chief wood gatherer got alarming news. "All of our finest trees are withering!" the messenger whispered. The wood gatherer hurried to the forest and saw that it was true.
Several years later, the chief wood gatherer heard that, every spring, many people visited the old forest that had once made his job so easy. Despite his advancing years, he set out to discover why. He saw the remains of forest, now like a salty bottoms, with only a few trees still standing tall, bare, lifeless and rotting.
But what was this? As he drew closer, his feeble eyes could make out the people walking among thousands of beautiful, flowering bushes. Seeing one of his own workers there, the old man said, "No one could ever make a cross out of this twisted wood. Our finest tree has gone to the dogs!" He noticed the beautiful white flowers, each blossom looking as if it had been burned from the touch of a miniature cross.
As told to Ben Baston by his grandmother, Louise Brown.

There Is A LegendAt the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this. In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree: " Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."
The pink dogwood is said to be blushingfor shame because of the cruel purpose which it served in the Crucifixion.The weeping dogwood further symbolized the sorrow.The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bearsthe color to remind us of the blood shed by our Savior.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I've heard this legend before, and it so beautiful, it is wonderful to read it again. Thank you so much for posting this. laurie

Charlotte said...

Interesting. I had never heard this legend before. No wonder I love dogwood trees.

Jean said...

Great post1 Love the dogwood blooms! Jean

Aiyana said...

Thanks for sharing the Dogwood legend. I hadn't heard or read that before. Your dogwood cutting is beautiful.

Darla said...

I love this legend, I think of it everytime our dogwoods bloom!!

Carla said...

Thank you for adding the story! We have an area where the grow loose and wild in the woods, and my mom and I are doing a drive through Sunday! I'll be thinking of this on that day:)

PC said...

Love the story! I haven't ever heard it before . Thanks for sharing! Paula from Idaho

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Wonderfully written, I always love reading your blog. Oh how I love the Dogwood tree. Hugs, Rosemarie

Lady Katherine said...

I have never heard the first legend before, the dogwood is so pretty! Lucky girl, got you a dog wood tree. When you get time, I have a question about the conf. rose. Please give me a call.

Chandy said...

I loved reading this legend, thank you!