My husband told me last year of the “meaning/symbolism” of the dogwood bloom. From buzzle.com here is a description of this:
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 …”
I hope you enjoy the pictures of the blooms below!