If you can read katakana, you know that this tree sign says "yuri no ki." It's what we call a tulip tree in English, and the literal translation in Japanese is "tree of lilies." But another, equally correct, translation, would be "tree of Yuri." So I always think of this as Yuri's tree. Too bad he lives 6,000 miles away from it.
Just a short walk across the park there's a pretty little rose garden. And wouldn't you know, one of the roses is Laura. It's pink and cream, pretty much the same color my skin would be if I lived in a garden out in the sun. And ... did you notice the year of this rose's origin???
Coincidence??? You decide.