Friday, February 22, 2008

The Magnolia

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All winter long, the buds of magnolias, snug within their soft, gray-green velvet sepal coats, wait silently for spring. At the first sign of warmth, the splendid velvet casing splits, cracks, and then falls away. Opulent, silky petal are revealed.
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Many of these beautiful trees are bursting into bloom here in Northern California and even though winter is still upon us - the birds and the trees whisper to me that spring is near and the wonderous magnolia blossoms are on their way once more.
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Magnolia is an ancient genus. Fossilised specimens have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and plants belonging to the Magnoliaceae family date back to 95 million years ago.
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Photos Courtesy of Jupiter Images.

4 comments:

Glenda said...

Hi
My first visit to your site via cherry hill blog. I see you are from Santa Rosa. I went up there this past week and hit a few places. The whistlestop, antique society and ray's trading.
I will be back. I found some great things there.

Glenda

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

I adore magnolia's. Maybe I'll have to plant one in my yard one of these days. It's hard to look at those beautiful pictures and not be disappointed at the snow coming down outside my window.

love.boxes said...

How amazing. I have never seen a big magnolia in full bloom. I would love to see that someday. :)But, I went to California at just the right time once and I was on a highway and they had these Azalea bushes (bright pink) for miles along the road. I thought I had gone to heaven. Soooo beautiful. I have a bright pink azalea that blooms in my kitchen window now. :)

Sabina said...

That's so funny - I think I have always taken Azaleas for granted but each time someone visits our home from out of state they love the bright pink flowering bush growning under my kitchen window. I even thought about taking it out once!! Thanks for stopping by Tiffany!!

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