Came upon this Magnolia tree yesterday. These prehistoric beauties – fossils have been found dating back 20 million years (how cool is that!!?) – are opening their gorgeous petals right now. Supposedly back in those primitive times, before the bees, the Magnolia was pollinated by beetles, which is why it has those tough petals; those beetles were a lot rougher on the flowers than our delicate bees. Their opening is always a delight, as is the thick “snow” they leave on the ground at their falling.
Since watching these trees bloom, I have what is called an “earworm”… I can’t get this Stevie Wonder song out of my head that keeps looping…………..
Like a sweet magnolia tree
My love blossmed tenderly,
My life grew sweeter through the years.
Fascinating! I had no idea magnolias were so old, or that they used to have to be pollinated by beetles. Really cool! Thanks for sharing.
Oh yea, gorgeous trees, very common in Florida. I realize I became immune to their beauty because there were so many there. They were always with white flowers there.
I love those trees, I have some favorite ones around Pok, and here that I always watch. Have one in my yard too, always hope the faithful buds make it out without getting frozen where I am. Trees are hardy, but depending on the frosts, the blossoms don’t always make . Never knew about the beetles pretty cool.
another Magnolia fan here 🙂 I’d neve rcome across those Stevie Wonder lyrics before, just perfect!
The Stevie Wonder song is called “I Was Made To Love Her”