Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday (1), Magnolias

Today, I am participating in Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.  Please feel free to hop over and join us to see other beautiful outdoor shots.

This is the first year that my magnolia tree has been in full bloom.  Since we planted it, I've only gotten 1 to 2 blooms per season.  This year though, I have had continuous blossoms.  Her fragrance is intoxicating!

Majestic flower! How purely beautiful
  Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green,
    Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full,
      Thou standest like a high-born forest queen
        Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,--
          I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding,
            And look into thy depths, to image there
              A fairy cavern, and while thus beholding,
                And while thy breeze floats o'er thee, matchless flower,
                  I breathe the perfume, delicate and strong,
                    That comes like incense from thy petal-bower;
                      My fancy roams those southern woods along,
                        Beneath that glorious tree, where deep among
                          The unsunned leaves thy large while flowercups hung!
      - Christopher Pearce Cranch,
        Poem to the Magnolia Grandiflora


  1. Magnolias are gorgeous. I love your shots!

  2. Beautiful outdoor shots!!! Happy Wednesday!

  3. The magnolias are gorgeous and love the poem!

  4. I love magnolias -- we have a few here -- some big ones -- sigh -- but not that many -- they have such a great fragrance. Beautiful pictures!

  5. Your magnolias are an art form in themselves. Such beauties.
    Joyce M

  6. Love the magnolia blooms! Visiting from A Southern Daydreamer and I'm your newest follower! Check out my blog sometime!

  7. Beautiful blossoms! If they only lasted longer once they bloom. Ours seem to die in a day or two.

  8. Beautiful photos! Our magnolia tree is in full bloom right now. It is such a pretty tree...but messy!

  9. I love these trees and the big white blooms. Not too fond of them when the big leaves start falling.

  10. When i saw a magnolia once in a friend's wedding bouquet, i thought it is a very big rose! We are not in a cold clime so we dont have it, i also wish to smell it in the natural habitat!

  11. What a gorgeous magnolia, great shots!

  12. Very much worth the wait. Beautiful.