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Dogwoods And Music

Dogwood at Granny and Paps

Hard to believe the Dogwood trees have been blooming for the last two weeks if not longer here in southern Appalachia. Seeing their blooms made me want to go back in the Blind Pig Archives and see what I’d said about Dogwoods in the past.

The early blooms also made me think of a song the Blind Pig Gang’s been doing since last summer-Just Above The Place Where You Can Bury Me. See if you like it as much as we.

Hope you enjoyed the Dogwood posts from the archives-and the song too!

Are the Dogwoods blooming at your house?


p.s. Granny says she’s going to whip us if we keep letting the sunshine get in Pap’s face.

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    April 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    had i just read the title of the song…..i would have thought twice about listening……thankfully i didn’t read first (hahahhaha)
    the song is beautiful, and i can’t help smiling while listening!!
    great harmony….. nice bass playin’
    tell Granny Pap’s just got a halo!!

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    April 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Interestingly, they’re blooming 20 miles northeast of here, but not here. Mother Nature’s hard to figure out sometimes.
    God bless.

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    April 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Yep, they are blooming down here, too.
    I just love Granny!

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    susie swanson
    April 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I loved them and the song is beautiful..Everything is about a month or so early this year..sure hope we don’t get a big freeze or frost..

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    One of the most beautiful trees in the mountains

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    Bob & Inez Jones
    April 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hi folks – Thanks for the great song we sure enjoyed it. We never heard it before. Did you folks write it? Bob & Inez Jones

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    Tim Mc
    April 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Our dogwoods are in full bloom along with our azaleas, some iris even our we call old timey rose is beginning to bloom. I noticed today that our blueberries are about as big as a pencil eraser. It has been an unusual spring but cannot complain, it’s just beautiful, a blessing from God..

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    April 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I can see beautiful white dogwood
    trees just thriving here at my
    shop. None on my property, too
    many walnut trees. But I’ve noticed lots of webs in these
    locust trees. I sure hope we ain’t
    over-run with those white millers
    later on. This warm winter and
    too early hot weather we’re having
    is gonna be rough on me, especially for gardening. And that’s a thing I love more and more as I get older…Ken

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    Jim Casada
    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Tipper—Enjoyable, as always, although Bill is right in sounding the sad note about the dogwood’s future. Those which are in understory situations, as opposed to ones in open yards or along fencerows, are particularly vulnerable to blight, and if you pay close attention while wandering through the woods its ravages are obvious.
    As for dogwood winter, the two others I always heard old-timers mention were catbird winter and blackberry winter. Are there others?
    Jim Casada

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    Melissa P (misplaced Southerner)
    April 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Our dogwoods haven’t started blooming yet. They aren’t quite the same variety, but not too far off. Ever so often, I see a “real” dogwood tree in the woods up here. I’m so tempted to dig one up and bring it home. Then, I don’t cause it’s thriving and happy in its own spot. Might not make it if I moved it. That would be too sad.

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    Karen Larsen
    April 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Our dogwoods aren’t in bloom yet here in PA, but the redbud trees are beautiful!

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    April 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    My mom always said that the cool weather of Dogwood Winter is what made the blossoms turn really white. We have 11 in our yard, pink and white. The azaleas , the dwarf crested iris, lilacs,and wild columbine are blooming. So pretty right now!

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    B. Ruth
    April 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Mother Nature played the proverbial trick on us this Spring…So far I have been very happy with her decision eventhough it messed with our garden plans…LOL
    Our dogwoods are in (almost) full bloom…I hope they last thru the month of April…The Dogwood Festival starts today…and the combined bloom of the dogwoods and azaleas are beautiful with the dotted landscapes of tulips, daffodils and narcissus…Our spirea (Bridal Wreath) is also in full bloom..with the single and double ones nearly gone…
    “In like a lion and out like a lamb.”
    “A pinch and a punch for the first of the month.”
    “Upside downers’ and downside upards” At the very least we are blessed with a beautiful Spring…
    and should be thankful…on this beautiful Palm Sunday!
    Thanks Tipper, Has your Blue/ Purple or Yellow/Orange Dogwood bloomed? Mine is a little later this year, even with the early Spring? Only the white and pink ones so far!

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    April 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I really like the songs you’ve posted on here, especially the one called ” blow your whistle freight train” great songs!

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    April 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I wouldn’t want to be buried near the dogwood, for I think the “bark” would keep me awake. Ha! Ha!

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    April 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    GO GRANNY!!!!!!

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    dolores barton
    April 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I really enjoy the beauty of the Dogwoods. My Red-Stick Dogwood left its earthly spot last year. It is time for a new one.

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    Mary Shipman
    April 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The Missouri Ozar4k hills too are abloom with redbud and dogwood, a good two weeks or so earalier than usual.
    I sure thought of you this morning when I wrote a blogpost about meeting up with a student from a one room school yesterday.
    You have made me more aware of some of the treasures I run into and how truly precious they are. Thanks Tipper!
    Good music by the Blind Pig Gang too!

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    Ed Ammons
    April 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Tell Granny that’s Gods spotlight Pap is in and he deserves it all.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    April 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    WONDERFUL! I just knew this SPRING was special – just for our guests from Spain. They arrived last night and our DOGWOODS are putting on the DOG so to say. The Flowering Quince has already bloomed and put on leaves. I have planted all kinds of flowers – just to impress our guests – but the flowers just may get ‘taken out’ with one of those April frosts – but I hope not. Our 80 degree days and warm nights are fine with me! HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!
    Eva Nell

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    Bill Burnett
    April 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The sad thing is this beautiful tree may one day be just a fond memory like our American Chestnut. The Dogwood Blight has already killed several Dogwoods on my place. We best enjoy them while they are still with us while hoping something will be found that can stop the blight before they’re all gone.

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    April 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for my Sunday morning song. It made me smile and very happy. Please tell granny that her “pap” looks like a shining angel.

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    April 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Tipper I so enjoyed the song as usual they did a very good job on it—-I also enjoyed going back into your archives to read the olde post—since I have only been a follower since late last summer I find reading the other posts just as interesting as your new ones—I grew up hearing the story of the dogwood tree and I do think they are a beautiful site–I am not blessed to have one here on this property so I need to just enjoy from the view from a car window….

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    April 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I miss dogwoods so much here! But Spring has finally come, and the city is in bloom. Some blooms are very similar to ones I’d find in Appalachia, and others are new and strange and wonderfully fragrant.

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    April 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Very pretty — I especially love the way Dogwood trees look in a wooded setting. I didn’t know they were strong trees — they seem so delicate. It’s great that you were able to go back and compare prior year’s bloom times — good documentation! They’re blooming now in Northern Virginia too. Here’s a photo of one near our house:

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    April 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    The dogwoods are blooming here too, as spring is in full swing. All the trees are leafing out and flowers are in bloom.

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    April 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I am thrilled to say I have 3 beautiful dogwoods on this property. I learned the legend of the Dogwood as a child, like you, not sure where I learned it, my Nanny Mc, (grandmother) or in Sunday School. Just one of the beautiful wonders on this Earth, we are in process of clearing the underbrush in the thicket, found a walnut tree and 2 peach trees so far, so beautiful in these mountains for sure!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

    It’s good for Grannie to look after Pap, however I suspect when Pap gets in his groove he doesn’t know if the sun is shining in his face or not.
    Nice song, sounds like it might take a while to learn. Good job!
    Dogwoods are all over the place here but then I’m in WNC like you. Pink ones and white ones all through the area….in yards and in the woods.

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    April 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    i love the song and the sweet sweet harmony of their voices. the sun doesn’t seem to bother Pap at all. we don’t have dogwoods here,but i do remember them and their beauty.

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