Saturday, March 24, 2012

Outside: magnolia

Magnolia, oh magnolia, you dear dear bush...




As I have mentioned before, here in Michigan when the magnolia finally blooms it then usually immediately snows. So, the bushes look fabulous for about a day, and then they are covered with snow and turn all brown and sad looking... and then all the petals fall off in a spectacular mess.

Well, we had 80˚F weather here for a week in March, so, I got my time with the magnolias.  It is a balmy 53˚F presently as I type this.  It rained during the night and the forecast predicts more rain. So, there-yah-go — we had our brief week of spring, and now it's back to weather as usual.

brief almost connected to the post musical interlude: Grateful Dead "Sugar Magnolia"
I was never a Dead-Head, per se, but "American Beauty" is an album that I happen to own. I'm one of those people who usually buys an album for one or 2 songs, and then eventually ends up listening to the entire thing, and well, I become fond of all the songs.  And "American Beauty" was one of those albums that followed that pattern. I'm pretty sure I probably bought it solely for "Sugar Magnolia." But I became quite fond of "Ripple," "Till the Morning Comes," and "Operator." But actually it was "Box of Rain" that I became completely smitten with. (Oh, and I'm pretty sure everyone has heard "Truckin" and "Friend of the Devil," unless, like, you live under a rock or were born after 1990)

Anyway, I could put "Box of Rain" on repeat for hours, I love that song. So, you know, buy the album, you'll eventually find all the good songs.

Anyway, as it is every year with the magnolias:
—Robert Hunter

Enjoy your weekend!

13 comments:

Chrissy said...

Beautiful photos! I love magnolias! Happy weekend xxx

R. J. said...

Your blog is always gorgeous and the magnolias are a favorite of mine too.

TexWisGirl said...

your 'northern' tulip magnolias are so different than our huge, white southern magnolia trees. still so beautiful, just different. :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sarah, We had a couple of weeks of SUMMER temps recently also--but this weekend, we had rain and much cooler weather... I enjoyed the warm temps --and so did our flowers.

Your Magnolia blossoms are fabulous... I know why you love them so much... GORGEOUS!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Catherine said...

Look at your spring bursting all over! Beautiful! I love your little owl drawings below. So cute!
Hope you are doing well Sarah and that you are enjoying your spring!
xo Catherine

Tammie Lee said...

so wonderful how flowers inspire us in so many ways... your photos are wonderfully gorgeous.

Cloudia said...

wow! I gotta 'pin' this!


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trishie said...

Beautiful magnolias. I know it's spring time when the magnolias are in bloom.

Hilary said...

Oh they look lovely. We had very summerish temperatures here too and last night (and tonight)... below freezing. Our magnolias are not quite in bloom yet, but so much else is.

Hilary said...

Your trees are lovely.. I should have said that first time around. ;)

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tinajo said...

Oh my goodness - this is stunning! :-)

Kathy said...

These are beautiful. In the South these are called tulip trees and magnolias are those huge tall trees with large waxy leaves that produce big creamy-colored blossoms. We're lucky that we have both kinds of magnolias here where I live so we can enjoy both.