Symbolic Meaning of the Dogwood Flower

The mythical meaning of the dogwood flower is that the tree was chosen to provide wood for Jesus Christ's crucifixion. However, the tree was unhappy about this cruel act it was forced to do, and thus Jesus after being nailed to it, told it this;

"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. 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 middle of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember ..."
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/dogwood-flower.html
They are gorgeous flowers.
posted April 21st, 2011  
Beautiful, Karen!
It's BC's official flower, as well.
I love the Dogwood. The red one is gorgeous.
posted April 21st, 2011  
Karen, I'd never heard that before. Wonderful story and shot.
posted April 21st, 2011  
I'd never heard of Dogwood trees until 365 last year. What an wonderful interpretation of the Easter story.
posted April 21st, 2011  
I did a similar picture with a pink dogwood a few weeks ago. I do love this legend.
posted April 21st, 2011  
Beautiful flower
posted April 21st, 2011  
Love very much :)
posted April 21st, 2011  
Your picture of this flower is really beautiful,and so nicely framed. An interesting caption to go with it
posted April 21st, 2011  
Interesting story - thank you- and a good photograph!
posted April 21st, 2011  
Beautiful!
posted April 21st, 2011  
You captured this perfectly!
posted April 22nd, 2011  
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