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As spring slips away...

Spring is a time when hope pops up in the form of flowers.  As summer comes creeping in and stealing away the beautiful colors of spring, I thought I would share one example of what makes spring my favorite season.
I saw this pink dogwood tree across the street from a training symposium I attended back in April.  The colors were so intense that I had to cross the street and take a closer look.  We had pink dogwoods where I grew up, but the colors were much lighter and in the pastel end of the spectrum.  I love this version even more.
As a child, the dogwood was one of my favorite trees.  I was so excited when we dug one up from my grandfather's woods and transplanted it in our yard right outside my bedroom window.  I have often wondered what that tree looks like today.
For some reason, I despised Crepe Myrtles as a child.  Our current home has several crepe myrtles. I now recognize that they are a useful food source for the birds that I love to watch so they will remain (and I no longer despise them).
Did you have a favorite flowering tree as a child, and is it still a favorite?

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