The little Dogwood that could - Happy May Day 2012

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

The little Dogwood that could - Happy May Day 2012Last year, around this time, we added a new little tree to our backyard, a Dogwood. It looked so small and fragile that we wondered if it would survive our Camas winters. We often experience cold temperatures and strong winds that blow in from the Columbia River Gorge.

Fortunately, we planted it in the good spot, one with sun in the summer, good drainage, and a bit of protection from winter's bitter winds.  Obviously, we did something right, as the little Dogwood tree is holding its own and is currently covered in huge, creamy white blossoms.

The little Dogwood that could - Happy May Day 2012The little Dogwood tree is representative of good planning, attention to detail and determination - the same principles that apply to any successful outcome.  Each time I see those branches covered in white, it reminds me of my own business - and it too is showing signs of healthy new growth this Spring.

Resilience is a necessary component to life, especially when we are faced with challenges. It's my hope that this year brings us all a more gentle business climate - one that will help strengthen our industry.
On this May Day 2012, the little Dogwood tree is a reminder of all things possible.

The little Dogwood that could - Happy May Day 2012

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a delightful post.  I love your dogwood and your reflections on May Day, and the wisdom you imparted which is on target regardless of the business one is in.  Since you are a video buff, I thought you would love this one, click here,

This is from a post I did last week starring Rita Hayworth and Stayin Alive...the editing is absolutely perfect.  Happy May Day! A

May 01, 2012 01:21 AM #3
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Dogwoods are very pretty.  Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and Happy May Day.

May 01, 2012 01:24 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Lee and Carole, I just love this little can see in the close up how lovely and creamy the blossoms are...just a hint of pink on the tips.

Paula, I haven't had one in a while and I am so delighted we added it to the landscape last year.

Alexandra, loved the video. I  am now going to find the post and see how you tied it in with Stayin Alive. :)

Hi Edward and Celia - you're more than welcome.

May 01, 2012 01:37 AM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


This is a good story and congrats on a great job of planting this new tree and the success you have had. I agree all things need planning, attention to detail and determination. I always throw into that mix perseverance. Another good blog and I will suggest it.

May 01, 2012 02:21 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - When I was born, my parents planted a tiny Dogwood tree in the front yard of our home. The last time I was back there, about 8 years ago, it was huge and healthy (kind of like me), and I can look at it whenever I want on Google street view - pretty cool.


May 01, 2012 02:27 AM #7
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

You know...I just had to suggest this Debb.  The little Dogwood that could :)!!  Resilience is extremely important and when you are, the blossoms just spring up and they are wonderful to behold!  Happy May Day to you and what a beautiful tree!

May 01, 2012 02:37 AM #8
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Debb -

Debbie has been searching for a Dogwood Tree each time we're out and about.  Unfortunately we haven't found one yet and I seriously doubt they would thrive here.  They are indeed beautiful when in bloom from the pictures I've seen.  Not sure I've ever seen one in person.... one of the draw backs of being a desert rat.  Thanks for sharing the story of the little Dogwood that could :) 

Make it a great day!


May 01, 2012 02:52 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Bob, thanks. It's great to see you and I know you do all the things you mentioned in your own business. Perseverance is a good one.

Ha, Dick. I think most of us have a tree story. My Aunt in Seattle had planted an evergreen when my sis and I were little, each year we'd have a photo taken by the tree. Last time, we were adults, and the tree had surpassed us - ten fold.

Hi Brenda, thanks for the suggest. ;) I'm glad you enjoyed the story and the Little Dogwood that Could.

Q-man, unless you see them out growing wild, it's likely they'd be a pain to grow there. That's usually my cue when I want to add something to the garden, unless it's a natural's not going to work easily.

May 01, 2012 03:01 AM #10
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Dogwoods are one of my favorite... i have a pink one in my front yard that has been there for about 20 years now. This year it did not provide us with as many blossoms as usual.. too much weird weather.. but it is healthy and we did have some beautiful flowers, just less this year .... i will need to wait now another twelve months.. 

May 01, 2012 03:18 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Beautiful little dogwood tree.  You will enjoy it for as long as you live in this home.

Have a great week, with your camera in hand.

May 01, 2012 03:45 AM #12
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Debb- Happy May Day. I'm glad May Day hasn't lost it luster, thanks for the reminder about how special this time of year is! Take care.

May 01, 2012 03:47 AM #13
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Debb, lovely view of your land and your tree....glad it survived and I know it will bring you much happiness as you watch it grow. As for your connection to Real Estate, yes planning will grow a fruitful business!

May 01, 2012 04:39 AM #14
Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Dogwoods are my absolute favorite - appropriate considering it's Virginia state tree AND flower! I own a house in the woods, and the dogwoods grow wild in the forest surrounding the house. :)

May 01, 2012 05:39 AM #15
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Debb~ Your little tree looks lovely.  I think I will plant a tree this year.  I need something positive to nuture!

May 01, 2012 09:40 AM #16
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, so glad to hear your beautiful dogwood tree survived winter!   Wonder if they could survive our winters?   Love your new page look!

May 01, 2012 11:10 AM #17
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Nicely done Debb & your tree looks beautiful!

May 01, 2012 02:54 PM #18
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

What a wonderful story Debb. I like the Dogwood survival and the correlation to business.

May 01, 2012 05:29 PM #19
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Debb, we have five dogwood trees in our yard...and they are just beautiful. I love the white and pink   flowers.  BTW, like your new banner.

May 02, 2012 01:20 AM #20
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Janis, somehow that doesn't surprise me. I figured you'd appreciate the simple beauty of a Dogwood tree.

Thanks Roy - will do.

Hi Adrian, thanks and you too.

Ellen, hi and congrats on the honorable mention in Roger's was a fun one huh?

Mary Elizabeth, your home sounds charming.

Donna, playing in the dirt will definitely feed your soul. ;)

May 02, 2012 01:42 AM #21
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joan, I'm not sure...maybe in a real protected area...thanks I like the new look too. Less is more, right?

Hi there Lynda, how you doing?  I'll have to come visit.

Tom, I need to come visit you too. Thanks for stopping by...

May 02, 2012 08:19 AM #22
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