I am so excited to share with you this week's Flower. These are blooms on my Magnolia tree.
It is about 5 years old now and it is most probably 13ft. + high. If you had seen this sorry specimen when it arrived on my doorstep, basically a 2ft. twig, you would have doubted, like I did, whether it was actually a tree or even alive. Questioning whether it is wise to mail order vegetation at all. But thankfully it has thrived and from just 4 years ago when it only had one sad bloom on it the whole season to now being filled with beautiful "cup and saucer" flowers, it is truly breathtaking.
I am very excited by this one, I shot it against a cloudy sky and am very pleased with the result, this is posted in my Esty shop :)
I love the way the petals fall away to reveal hidden colourful treasures. Although this nearly caused a big problem as the squirrels love to eat these and so as the tree was in bud the squirrels were happily chewing there way thru them. I do not know how many times I was running down the garden in my dressing gown trying to scare them away. Most probably scared a few neighbours too. (He! He!)
I love the richness of colour in these blooms, shot with the background of our (surprisingly green) lawn. :)