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 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.
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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