WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
The dogwood trees are next to bloom.
The flowering dogwood is the state tree of Missouri,
even though it is found in most parts of the U.S.
The wild flowering dogwood grows throughout
Missouri's wilderness and national park areas,
and always shows white flowers (with red tips on its 4 petals.)
But dogwood varieties have been cultivated
in shades of pink and red for domestic use,
and is more common in city and park plantings.
The variations of pink-red-and-white are amazing.
The wood of mature dogwood trees is highly prized
for its tight grain and hardness, and is used for
tool handles, walking canes, golf club heads,
long bows, loom shuttles and dulcimers.