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.