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One harbinger of spring that I miss are tulips. Going to Skagit Valley in Washingon State was a highlight of our travels to the Northwest two years ago. You already know how we loved seeing the incredible array of tulips at Keukenhof in the Netherlands.
Hawaii has no tulips of the regular kind except in the flower shops.
However, we do have African tulips (Spathodea campanulata). The blossoms in this case are in the trees all around the islands from April to June. It really is very beautiful even if I do take them for granted.
You can see by the shape of the flowers why it's called a tulip.
So I suppose even though we don't have tulips to mark the advent of spring, we do have African Tulips. When this season is over I think we'll have the Shower Tree season. That's really wonderful to behold too!