April 2, 2007



Amazing blossoms on a warm day against the bluest sky imaginable. The temperature is supposed to be even higher tomorrow (75 degrees F.), and then to drop 40 degrees in 48 hours with a chance of snow flurries before Easter. A master gardener told me that this variety of magnolia comes from a part of China where they don't have spring cold snaps... these blossoms may not make it through the end of the week.

Posted by EGP at April 2, 2007 11:52 PM

Beautiful linework - I love it. Magnolias are my favorite trees, but I haven't been able to capture their delicate beauty as you have here.

Posted by: martha at April 3, 2007 2:43 AM

Very Van Gogh - only his weren't magnolias. But your description makes me think of one of his that I can't remember the name of.

Posted by: tammy vitale at April 3, 2007 7:20 AM

In Lyon, France, Magnolias are over...there is only leaves on magnilias trees nox

Posted by: jalexis at April 3, 2007 8:05 AM

Didn't this morning's snow break your heart? I looked around at all the budding shrubs and trees and nearly cried. I have a little patch of pulmonaria that I got from you at the Garden Swap that was covered in a mound of snow. It looked very sad. That little plant survives anything though-- even being eaten to the ground by the deer every year.

Posted by: Renae at April 5, 2007 10:43 AM

Hi Liz, love this line drawing. Believe it or not, my grandfather gave this type of magnolia to my parents on their wedding day. It's still in their front yard and blooms every year. I love it because the blooms stay for just a short while. They remind me that life is short ... and to enjoy the beauty while I can. Your drawing captures its ephemeral nature beautifully.

Posted by: Joan Yoshioka at April 12, 2007 4:12 AM