Friday, May 3, 2013

magnolia, not white

Long after people in places like Alabama and Georgia have excitedly posted their photos of the magnificent spring blossoms, we in southern Ontario finally get our chance.
It rained this past week and everyone noticed how, overnight, the greenness had arrived. That was on Wednesday. Today is Friday and the leaves have burst forth and the forsythia and magnolias are coming into their crowning glory.

These are two postage paid postcards celebrating Magnolias issued on April this year

above is "Eskimo" with "Yellow Bird" to the left are hybrids that have been developed to thrive in our cold winters and short summers.
I have always thought that if I owned a house with a yard, I would plant a magnolia tree. But now, after careful thought and observance, I think I would buy a house across the street from a house with a magnolia tree in their front yard. And let them deal with all the fallen petals.
This is the Grandmother of Magnolias in Burlington.
it is difficult to get the whole thing in one good photo and do it justice


  1. Wow..that's beautiful.

  2. GORGEOUS. And I agree about buying a house ACROSS from one with a magnolia tree.

  3. I've always wanted a magnolia tree so thank you for pointing out the falling petals problem. I'll no longer have regrets over the several I've managed to kill over the years.

  4. Wow! I'm envious you have spring. A relatively cooler weather and with all these pretty blossoms around.

    Enjoy the season! :)

  5. That Magnolia is MAGNIFICENT!!! And you are right---Having a house across the street from a Gorgeous Magnolia, can't be beat...! Thanks so much for your visit and for your kind and caring words....!

  6. Hello, Violet Sky! This is my first visit to your blog. I happen to live in Georgia, and while the tree you show is indeed a type of magnolia, it is not the variety that most people in the southern U.S. mean when they say "magnolia" (as in "mint juleps and moonlight and magnolias"). That one, which sports big leaves and huge white flowers that bloom usually in June, is the magnolia grandiflora, while the beautiful tree you have shown (we have them too) is the magnolia soulangiana. In Georgia, however, magnolia soulangiana trees are usually called "tulip trees" although there is a real tulip tree that grows elsewhere and is definitely not the magnolia soulangiana.

    Georgia is also famous for azaleas (from Vagabonde's blog)!

  7. Hello, Friend! I LOVE these postcards...they are so beautiful. Their colors fill my eyes. I enjoyed your commentary, too. Have a lovely lovely day!

    Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!


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