I hope that you had a nice weekend. It was beautiful here, and of course that means the air is heady with the scent of jasmine, roses, and so much more. In addition the trees are bursting with these magnificent white blossoms.
"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
~Lady Bird Johnson~
Magnolias grow all over the World and there are over 200 varieties, 80 of which native to the United States. They are grown as shrubs or trees and are prizes for their beautiful flowers which are white, pink, yellow or purple.
"Flowers are loves truest language."
Magnolia's were named after Pierre Magnol, a 16th century French botanist who is one of the innovators of botanical classification, the same one used to this day. He came up with the idea of "plant families" and a natural classification of plants based on common characteristics.
"Each flower is a soul opening out to nature."
~Gerald de Narval~
A few interesting tidbits, magnolias are an ancient genus and fossilized plants have been found dating to 20 MILLION years ago. They existed before bees and are in fact pollinated by beetles.(Source: National Arboretum and Wikipedia)
Are you a fan of magnolia trees? Do you have them in your garden? I think they are beautiful, but to be honest they are a little messy. They drop a lot of leaves and seed pods that look a little like pine cones. A fair trade perhaps for these giant, fragrant flowers.
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."
I wish you a wonderful and beautiful day!
P.S: A few of my other favorite Magnolias:
If you like Magnolia's and would like more information visit HERE.
If you are in Charleston, S.C than perhaps lunch or dinner HERE.
In New York for a scrumptious cupcake (worth waiting in a line out the door) HERE.
Or make your own at home, follow the recipe I made HERE
And last but not least a favorite and wonderful movie HERE.