Wednesday, May 29, 2013

southern magnolia: from bud, to bloom, to decay, to seed

On my recent trip to Florida, I was lucky to live in a house with a southern magnolia tree, magnolia grandiflora, right out front. I was enamored with the blossoms, the scent is very subtle and sweet.

The tree blooms continuously, the stages of the flowers shown above happening at the same time. Even when decaying, the flowers are stunning.

I wish I could grow one in New England, but alas, it is too cold for this beauty. The New England magnolias bloom and shed their flowers in a span of a week.