Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Dogwood


We planted a  'Kousa Dogwood'(click name) or Chinese Dogwood almost 10 years ago in the back garden.


Being in Nova Scotia and the ocean being not too far away, 
we were uncertain if this tree would survive.


It was slow to start. And about five years ago a few (and I mean about 3) blossoms appeared.


We were beyond excited about this!


Each subsequent year the blossoms have tripled and quad-tripled.


Last year we realized that this tree was going to stick around for a while,


and we realized that it was pretty hemmed in near a bigger Small-Leafed Linden tree.


There was only one thing that had to be done to give the Kousa more room to grow.......


cut down the Linden ! I really don't like cutting down anything that I planted from a twig


but that is what we did to allow the other to flourish.


In early June we saw that there were going to be a lot more blossoms 
coming than we had last year.


So the Kousa was responding very well to having more room to stretch and spread itself.


We have been amazed at how many bracts, the white parts,


there are all over the tree from top to bottom.


I've estimated at least 1500 bracts......


You non-gardeners out there are probably a tad worried about
me at how excited I can become over a few blossoms!!


Be assured that this is how all us gardeners behave
when our labours pay off and we have this glorious
display to enjoy for a couple of weeks in the summer.



32 comments:

  1. I love dogwoods-here we have a different variety that dot the woods and bloom in the spring along with the redbuds-its gorgeous here seeing the white with the pinks amongst the trees that are just starting to bud.
    here though the dogwoods in the wild are mostly and under story tree and live under the big oak trees for the most part-yours is gorgeous!

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    1. Kathy, that must be sight to see.....wild Dogwoods among Redbuds!!

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    2. It is-I look forward to spring every year year to see them

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  2. That really is gorgeous! I know just how you feel about your blossoms.
    Have a lovely, lovely day!

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    1. It's like a re-birth every year! I remember your enthussiasm Sharon when your blueberry bush was in bloom! And look at the berries you just got!!

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  3. Oh what a beautiful tree - I don't think I've ever heard of a Dogwood. Maybe its a different name in this part of the world.

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    1. Well it is from Asia originally Davine....maybe too hot a climate down your way.

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  4. Wow, amazing! What an outstanding display of blossoms. Being part of the gardening club, I can certainly understand your enthusiasm!

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    1. I knew you would Martha! As you know gardening requires a lot of patience and it is always worth the wait.....at least most of the time.

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  5. Fabulous blooms Jim. I expect that it's lethal for hay fever sufferer's?

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    1. Yes I am sure,Craig.....along with everything else in the garden!! I am thankful that neither of us has this problem to any great extent.

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  6. You certainly should be excited by that tree, it is just glorious!

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    1. Hi Inger. We love to watch it go from tiny greenish bracts to this brilliant white!

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    1. It really has turned into something we weren't expecting, Mitch.

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  8. It's so beautiful! I've never seen a dogwood in flower. They don't do well on the prairies. Too dry perhaps?

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    1. They would probably 'fry' on the prairies Debra.....unless they were pampered and protected.

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    1. Linda, thanks. I am sure you would have fun photographing this tree on one of your 'nature walks'!

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  10. Dogwoods are lovely trees, and I too would be so excited about sooo many blooms. At times one tree has to make room for another, and it has had its time to give beauty to the land. Greetings to all, Jean.

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    1. You are correct Jean. I also needed Ron to convince me that it was necessary to sacrifice one for the other....you guys are so wise about this stuff!!

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    1. Thanks Pat! We are very happy to see it being so content now!

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  12. A few blossoms! Oh my goodness, that is an amazing amount of blossoms! And I would not only post about it, I would call the local newspaper and get them to come out and photograph it and have it on the very front page!! Let me know if you do this, I would be so tickled. x

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    1. LOL! Great suggestion Kay! However, we wouldn't want to attract that much attention to our little corner of the world.
      We still can't believe how it has blossomed this year!!

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  13. I'm with you on the excitement, Jim! The tree is reaching for the sky and celebrating.

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    1. The sky is the limit I guess now, Barb! Ron is also in the process of taking down another neighbour of this Dogwood.....just never know what will happen next year!!

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  14. That's beautiful. Sadly, Florida does not have many pretty trees.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Really, Janie? I remember some beautiful tropical ones in Key West that had scents that filled the air. You probably just take 'those' for granted!! lol

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    2. I've never been to Key West. Northern Florida has a lot of scruffy looking pine trees and some transplanted palm trees. It's rare to see a tree with any kind of blossoms.

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  15. Amazing! We just had to take out a tree that I started from seed. It's a tough thing to do, but the results can astound you. Congrats on the dogwood.

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    1. Thanks Stew. Guess you know the things we gardeners have to do!!

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