The month of May brings along with its arrival so much life. Growth is abundant and free. All living things seem to flourish in this beautiful spring month. Reminders of springs past are blooming with fragrances so rich the power of them permeates the gentle breezes of mornings and evenings.
Don't you just love it when you actually smell a sweet scent in the garden unexpectedly! At once the familiar intoxicating fragrance is recognized encouraging me to look up to find the pristine petals opened wide in the large Magnolia Grandiflora or as its more commonly known, the Southern Magnolia tree.
Besides the perfect shape of this tree and the wonderful blooms it produces, I use the shiny over-sized evergreen leaves in fresh flower arrangements all year long but especially around the holidays.
The large, showy white flowers (8-12" diameter) that appear in spring and the cone-shaped seed pods covered with red seeds in the fall are a good trade off for the messy leaves that litter the ground in winter.
Happy to have one of these southern icons in my back garden I am breathing deeply as I mill about the garden.