Four magnolia posts in a row! Perhaps the blog ought to be renamed to The Magnolia Effect for the week. Have no fear, though, there will be some diversity of postings soon; indeed, I have a number and variety of sets of photos that I only need the time and energy to process and post. And I do try not to overflood my subscribers email on any given day 🙂
The intriguing thing about this varietal of magnolia is that unlike the classic white magnolia which has large waxy petals throughout the year, this magnolia is bare during the winter, then first the flowers appear, and second the leaves, as the flowers begin to fade and fall. The first set of photos below are of the new leaves popping out, which are followed by another set of fallen petals which often cradle tiny bundles of stamens, like tiny purple piano hammers.
Thank you for indulging my love for my magnolia tree. It is simply rather impossible to walk out to my car these days and not want to stop to take some more shots, especially as even now the ephemeral nature of this glorious beauty is already in evidence.