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Botanical Journal: Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus
Blooms Locally: Mid-Late April

"After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood." – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Since we are situated on a tree farm in Montgomery County, we have the luxury of unabated access to dogwood branches when they bloom in the spring. We are very careful to harvest the branches sustainably so that we don't traumatize the tree. Here is how to properly cut tree branches:

  1. Make a small cut, several inches up from the "branch collar" on the underside of the branch approximately ¼ of the way through. "This prevents bark from tearing off along the underside of the branch during removal of the heavier outer portion."
  2. Then make a cut all of the way through the branch from the top down, removing the majority of the branch.
  3. Cut the remaining branch stub away from the main stem, just outside of the branch collar. Do not cut into the branch collar tissue (pictured below). 
Source: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/proper-techniques-prune-trees-and-shrubs

Source: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/proper-techniques-prune-trees-and-shrubs

 

We used dogwood blossoms in just about every wedding this spring. The delicate, 4 pronged flowers add beautiful lines to any floral arrangement large or small. We used long, arching pink branches for statement pieces in one of our April weddings and complimented the large arrangements by featuring the flowers in satellite arrangements as well. We are already missing these gorgeous, fragrant blooms as blossoming branch season gives way to a summer full of flowers!

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Photos by Becca Olcott

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Why Flowers

What a flower, beauty and fun filled weekend this little family had in Hillsville, VA!  We  hung by the river... 

I did some fun Mother's Day arrangements using flowers from my mother-in-laws garden and we all got to relax a little!

As the mom of 4 YOUNG kids, I sometimes (read several times a day), feel myself going nuts!!  It is so easy to get bogged down in the tediousness of the  bijillion diaper changes, tons of meals & snacks which turn into tons of food & crumbs everywhere, LAUNDRY, errands, etc. of each day.  Often, when I look up and out of our little bubble, I find hurt and hardship and sadness going on in the world.  Despair and a feeling of being simply overwhelmed can sometimes totally overtake me.

It was in one of these moments of feeling drained of hope, that I stumbled upon a picture (on Pinterest...of all the productive things I could have been doing during nap time!) of the most beautiful bouquet I had ever seen.  It was wild and fresh and lush and made me smile.  I found more and more beautiful flowers and smiled a bit more and more.  By the time the babies woke up, I was magically feeling refreshed.

I don't want to ignore the hard parts of life but I do want to choose to see the beauty of life more.  For me, flowers are a way of helping me see the simple beauty that DOES exist.

As I have started to pay more attention to flowers, I am finding them everywhere!  I find myself smiling when I see them growing wild on the side of the road.  I find myself loading the kids up to go search for them in the woods.  I find myself giddy with excitement as the little seeds that we planted are popping up.  Then, I look up and see my daughter giddy with excitement!  She is outside in her bare feet, the babies are playing in the grass and we are all here, enjoying the beauty of the spring day.  And I, gasp, am truly in the moment, enjoying the sweetness of getting to be the mother of these beautiful babies.

So, I have become flower wild!  I have been reading flower books, taking flower classes, talking to flower farmers and designers.  I have been planting and arranging and selling :) as many flowers as I can.

Yes, there have been late nights arranging, nap times filled with "work" and Saturdays spent begging my tired husband to hang with the kids while I till the beds.  But, there have been many more family tromps through the woods gathering flowers, kids with muddy feet digging in the dirt and cold beers with my husband at the end of a productive day.

In the end, my hope is that this little business of mine will not be something that I do in addition to being a mother.  It is my hope that it will become my style of mothering. I hope that it will help me live in the moment and to appreciate and see the beauty in these fleeting days of being a mom to 4 YOUNG kids.  To focus on the good and to bring as many flowers into the lives of my little family and in turn, into the lives of as many people as possible!!

So, please follow along in our adventure.  I hope this will be a place to find a little piece of beauty in a day that may need it :)

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