Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Magnificent Magnolia

The magnolia, that most southern of all Deep South flowers, is budding. The spring breeze captures its sweet aroma and delivers it to street corners, backyard alleys, doorways and park benches. This bloom is one of many on the magnolia tree next to the library.

Children often play underneath these shady tents. The white petals are great for writing "invisible" messages that quickly turn to legible brown scribble.

And, as with most great things, there are drawbacks. When the gigantic leaves drop, they make a mighty mess. Just rake them back under the tree. Then there's the water problem. They require a lot and the leaves curl quickly during a drought.

11 comments:

Irina said...

Magnolia is a kind of miracle you never get tired to explore...

isabella said...

Still, it is my favorite!

Lessie said...

Great capture of the flower. I agree -- the smell is so sweet. The mess is not! :)

Dsole said...

oh my!! that's beautiful!! GORGEOUS!!

Chris Marsh said...

I love magnolias, they are just so stunning. Thanks for visiting my site & leaving me a nice comment! - chris

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a pretty flower. I have only smelled them in the south. This white color reminds me of Dutchmen's breeches and that is a flower we sometimes grow here for shaded areas. The white adds something to deep shade.

Nice photography.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Chris & Deb said...

magnificent indeed!

NDS said...

beautiful--I much prefer yours to the pink magnolias we have here. Yours looks creamier--maybe ours are "northern" ones.

magiceye said...

beautiful!
all things beautiful need tender loving care?!!! :)

Kate said...

It's a wonderful shot of a beautiful flower.

angela said...

This looks like a grandiflorum. I'd love one for my garden but they're so expensive to buy. You're lucky to have them everywhere.
Angela