I am the sort of gardener who keeps a bucket list of plants and trees I'd like to have growing in my care. One of the reasons I like my dogwood tree so much is because it's one of those trees I've always wanted to have in my care. I don't remember them from my childhood in California, but dogwoods stood out the first spring I lived in Tennessee. The white and pink blooms come out early down south and make a brave show in the changing colors of the spring woods. I've never forgotten the beauty of my first southern spring and my dogwood is a reminder of that.