i remember as a kid my dad picked thistles and dried them for my mom because she is Scottish. He told us a legend about why the thistle is Scotland's flower; the thistles hung on our living room wall for years
If I were a bird choosing a tree for my nest, I would find a tree that bloomed purple in Springtime. Then my babies would see this regal color from the moment their eyes opened. And they would be inspired to SOAR!