How lucky I am to have this lovely Southern Magnolia tree growing so near the cottage. The blooms are one of the largest flowers in Northern America, having a diameter of 14 inches.
The tree has already reached a height of approximately 18 feet tall. Eventually it could grow from 60 to 80 feet.
What a surprise to see a bud like this, open to such a beautiful flower.
The stamens, as they drop, often collect in the concave petals.
Bees are attracted by the legendary fragrance of the blooms.
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