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Dogwoods are out

| May 1, 2008

I almost wrote about this a couple days ago but decided the dogwoods were still not really in nice bloom. Yesterday, though, it seemed explosive after Tuesday’s warm weather. I ran the Mirror Lake Loop this morning and the dogwoods are starting to come out pretty much everywhere (they’ve been slowly showing out there for about a week). Another couple of days of warm weather and I imagine they’ll really be near peak and that should last a few weeks. It will still be a while until they turn up in the Yosemite West area.

By the way, the white “petals” you see on dogwoods are really petaloid bracts and the actual flowers are the tiny little flowers within the white blossoms, which start out green and then lose their color. Dogwood petals are in fact tiny. And of course, as our friend Doug says, the definitive way to identify a dogwood is by its bark.


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  1. Kathy Gries says:

    Could you put a picture on the blog of the dogwoods? I had hoped to make it to the Park this month but can’t make it till June,
    Thanks

  2. Tom says:

    Ooops – I said sepals, and meant bracts – changed it. Anyway, I’ll try to get a picture, but probably not today.

  3. Jimdmcd says:

    The weather and the falls have just been beautiful.

  4. Dawn says:

    I am with Kathy wanting a photo since my season usually starts up there on May 1 and a delay means mid to end of the month.

    Thanks,
    Dawn

  5. Tom says:

    Loyd just posted a picture.
    http://www.yosemiteblog.com/2008/05/05/dogwoods-are-in-full-bloom/

    I took a bunch of pictures this weekend, but haven’t had time to look at them yet. If I have a good one I’ll put it here or on my site.