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Bonus nuggets of information in this column: A neologism for ColumbiaMagaizine, sort of-ish never used here before, the real color of Dogwood flowers, and an imaginative look at dogwood buds, and a shocking revelation about dogwood "flowers."
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Crystals on Grider Hill Pass

By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry

A close-up inspection of Flowering Dogwood buds has titillated my imagination and brought to mind Hollywood's most famous Extra-Terrestrial.

The species name for Flowering Dogwood is florida. For all of you folks out there who understood that Latin was a dead language and did not want to be a party to its resurrection in the hallways of high school, florida is Latin for flowering.

As much as we would like to savor the splendor of white which will soon burst forth from these ET buds we will just have to allow Red bud to subtly transition us from winter mood to spring aura.

A few interesting tidbits of information about Flowering Dogwood flowers is that they are actually pale yellow. Just notice when the blooms first burst forth that they are actually yellowish-greenish, sort of-ish. How is that for a new word (for At any rate the white parts of the flowers that we enjoy are actually "bracts". Bracts are actually modified leaves masquerading as flower petals.

I don't know about you but I am going to stick with Dogwood flowers. Somehow Dogwood bracts just doesn't have the same ring to it.

This story was posted on 2010-03-21 04:41:28
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Kentucky Color, Dogwood Bud: Call home, ET

2010-03-21 - Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. "A close-up inspection of Flowering Dogwood buds has titillated my imagination and brought to mind Hollywood's most famous Extra-Terrestrial," Billy Joe Fudge writes.
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