April 30, 2022

Magic Magnolia Buds

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The fluffy opening buds of Magnolias are so fascinating; I think I enjoy them almost (almost) more than the open flowers, themselves. Many of the Magnolia trees around here have suffered slight frost damage during the past week as we flirted for several nights with nighttime lows hovering slightly above and below 32F/0C. Now it's a little warmer, so they're bursting into bloom.

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There's no denying the beauty and the magic of the buds AND the blooms.

16 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous, Beth! I wish I could view the buds opening on our Magnolia grandiflora more easily but I need a telephoto lens for that ;) I hope your weather warms soon and allows you to fully enjoy the beauty of the spring season.

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    1. The buds always capture my heart. They are so complex and beautiful. I think we've made it past the really cold stuff, so onward with the growing season. :)

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  2. I saw the same on some (Magnolia stellata and 'Ann'), but others, blooming later, escaped the frost damage. As long as the scent is there, I can overlook a little frost!

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    1. I agree! The buds are amazing no matter what, and the blooms have such a lovely scent and they're beautiful!

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  3. I agree with you, I like the bud stage as well. I am the same with peony,I enjoy watching them slowly burst.
    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Yes, Magnolias and Peonies are similar that way--fascinating buds that are fun to follow.

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  4. Beautiful!
    Have a blessed day!

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  5. Fabulous photos. I specially like the
    fuzzy wuzzy bud shot. Makes me want to touch it.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I know! The buds are so cuddly and complex!

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  6. Great series of photos, Beth. Magnolia flowers are so gorgeous. That first shot looks like something the folks at Sesame Street might come up with.

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    1. Thank you, Tina. Ha! I'm imagining a garden program, or a "budding" song on Sesame Street. :)

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  7. This is such a fun post to watch the buds unfurl like magic . I have been wondering if there is any way I can squeeze a small magnolia tree in my back garden .. probably not but some how that makes me want it even more ? Seeing these fuzzy buds , yes ! I really need this in my plant zoo indeed ! LOL

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    1. Oh, I hope you can! I don't have enough sun here, but I sure do love to observe them elsewhere. :)

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  8. Looking at your magnolia buds is a great stress reliever, Beth. They are so beautiful and peaceful. Wish I could grow them in my zone. P.x

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    1. Oh good. They were a stress-reliever for me, too. They don't last long enough in the spring, but they are so beautiful. :)

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