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Remember what spring feels like?

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Well this is what it looks like! I took this photo at a local private school in my town last May 1st. I remember what the air felt like. Unfamiliarly balmy, palpably misty, and amazing! It was like the essence of spring was filling my lungs, especially as I took in the sight of these blooming trees. Are they cherries? Crabapples? There was no gardener nearby to ask. I’d be curious to know how old they are, too, and who tends them. Amazing! It’s hard to imagine, with over two feet of snow in my garden at the moment, that I’ll see this sight again.

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  1. ncgardener 01/14/2011

    I remember Spring, although here in North Carolina it is kind of hard having gone through our second Snow storm. I had to go out and lay another layer of mulch in some areas. Hurry up Spring!

  2. user-7006895 01/14/2011

    Absolutely glorious! After the latest blizzard spring can definitely not be here soon enough.

  3. wwross 01/14/2011

    So what kind of tree? Come on, experts! I need to know!


  4. windwalker810 01/14/2011

    Thanks - I needed that! it's been a long winter with much more to come here in Northern Minnesota.

  5. atthetimberline 01/14/2011

    What a great photo! Would love to know where this is and also the kind of tree. Thank you!

  6. sheilaschultz 01/14/2011

    Your words filled my lungs with moist air, touched my face with a light mist and reminded me of what spring feels like outside the high plains desert. Thank you Michelle.

  7. bettyland 01/14/2011

    What a spectacular picture. I believe it might be a Cherry Blossom tree. When I lived in New Jersey, I had two huge Cherry Blossom trees that flanked a white birch. What a beautiful site to behold in May.

  8. MichelleGervais 01/14/2011

    Hey all! Glad you liked this dose of spring. I emailed the Canterbury School (, where this shot was taken, and the nice guy at the other end said that he thinks these are hybrid Chinese apple trees, and that they're over 50 years old. He'll try to get more info. If he does, I'll pass it along!

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