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Happy Mothers Day 2009

Mothers Day is celebrated in many places in the world. In the U. S., it is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. My post today is to remember my mother and to wish everyone a day filled with special moments and happy memories.

The azaleas pictured are only a few of the thousands of many different varieties covering over 40 acres of a wooded hillside at the National Arboretum. At this time of year in late April and May, azaleas burst into a display of vibrant color. They are always blooming at Mothers Day.

The arboretum, established in 1927, is operated by the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. It is 1.78 square kilometers (440 acres) in size, and is located 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) northeast of the U. S. Capitol. Nine miles of roadways wind through and connect the numerous gardens and collections of trees and plants on the grounds of the arboretum.

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