Flowering Crabs (Malus spp.) are my favorite tree. We had one in the backyard when I was a kid. Every spring I looked forward to seeing it bloom. The tree was often overloaded with pink flowers that smelled wonderful. Every time I smell apple blossoms, I am transported back to my childhood.
Fortunately, I am able to indulge in my love of these apple trees every spring here in Ottawa. This is my favorite spot in the entire city in the spring. I go by it twice a day on my commute to and from work. I eagerly look out the window, drinking in the beautiful sight.
There are hundreds of flowering crab trees in this spot. All of them bloom at the same time. It is a magical place. Walking through the rows of trees is like talking a walk in an enchanted forest. I love being surrounded by all these pink blooms, with their heady perfume. There is no other place like it.