Magnificent Magnolia


Magnolias are magnificent flowering plants featuring blossoms in white, pink, red, purple, or yellow. Magnolia trees are diverse in leaf shape and plant form, and they include both evergreen and deciduous sorts.  Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. 

When I think of magnolias I think of the south and  white blossoms nestled among glossy green leaves.

When they are blooming I cannot resist bringing one, just one, inside.  I love how it feels to the touch,  smooth as  soft leather.   The texture is not to be confused with softness, however, because the flower is  tough, perhaps the reason why southern women have been called steel magnolias.

The perfection of the magnolia blossom also caught my daughter’s eye.  While I can only admire it, she can capture it with her art. 

At first glance, I saw the word magnificent, a perfect way to describe a magnolia, and then I saw “mom” almost lost in its smallness.   Magnificent I may not be, but I was touched to be thought of in comparison to a magnolia.

Enjoy all the magnificence that surrounds you.

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13 thoughts on “Magnificent Magnolia

  1. truly magnificent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a magnolia with such glossy leaves and your description of the flower being like soft leather is so apt. I’ll say it again – magnificent!

  2. Your photos, words and your daughter’s artwork are really beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I love that drawing your daughter made….you must have been extremely touched when she gave that to you…I love the summer when the magnolias are blooming….they are a magnificent tree of the South….enjoy your magnificence of the magnolias!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud June 10, 2012 — 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous flower! Love you daughter’s great drawing and special sentiment-enjoy:@)

  5. The magnolia is such a beautiful flower and you have captured it perfectly and so has your daughter with her drawing.

  6. The magnolia is so beautiful. I bet it smells so good too!…Christine

  7. Our magnolia is blooming~ I’m always amazed by the beauty of the large blooms! Wonderful art from your talented daughter!

  8. I have always loved our magnolia tree. The wonderful color and smell always warms
    my heart and makes me often taken a moment to just enjoy the wonder of life.

  9. I have a magnolia tree growing in a pot right by our front door. It han’t flowered yet though. I think they’re absolutely gorgeous!

  10. I had no idea magnolias came in so many colors! All I have ever seen (natural ones, anyway) are the beautiful, creamy white. Wow…I need to try to find some of the other colors in person to get a good perspective. The one your brought in couldn’t be more perfect if it tried!!!! Enjoy!

  11. so perfect and so beautiful! Great photos!

  12. Jan laFollette June 13, 2012 — 9:57 am

    Beautiful flower, drawing and sentiment!

  13. Wonderful shots of this spectacular flower. You may like to post your flower photos on my Floral Friday Fotos meme:
    http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

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