Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ah....Southern Living

One of the things I love about living in the south is all the beautiful trees and shrubs that I could not grow when I lived in Canada. The magnolia is one of them. To me, magnolias are synonymous with the south
We are lucky enough to have a magnolia tree growing at the side of our house. The previous owner espaliered it(trained it to grow close to the wall) to the brick wall outside our kitchen. It is in need of pruning but I'm waiting awhile to enjoy some more of the blooms before I cut it back.



The petals are so soft and delicate and I love how they catch the parts of the center as they fall off.
If you click on this picture you can see the drops of dew . It's amazing.
Just a little offering of beauty from my home in the south.
Look around I'm sure there is something beautiful right outside your door, or not too far away.
Rhondi xo

23 comments:

  1. Is that a Magnolia Stellata? It's beautiful. As I look around here at this dull rainy day I can see our garden and I know it will be beautiful again when the rain stops.

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  2. Rhondi, that magnolia tree is so beautiful! Enjoy the fragrance.

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  3. I too love Magnolia trees. I live in a small community but the town where we all have to shop holds a Magnolia Festival the last of May. There are thousands of Magnolia there and they are beautiful. Enjoy yours.

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  4. I love the way the tree is espaliered. Did I spell that right? Magnolias get too big for most yards so that's a perfect way to handle it. Plus, the design is gorgeous.

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  5. Good Morning Rhondi,
    Don't magnolias smell heavenly? I did not grow up in the south, so was newly introduced to these trees upon moving into our home. I am so glad I was.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  6. What a beautiful flower! It looks lovely in your yard! Enjoy your day!

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  7. I live in the South too and have seen Magnolia trees all of my life but I've never see one done like this. I didn't even know that it could be done. I've seen Camellia trees done this way but never thought of a Magnolia tree being done like this! It is beautiful!
    Come visit and lets have some tea on the porch!
    Hugs,
    Lee Laurie

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  8. Awesome! I just love the south, it is so warm, beautiful & the people are fantastic. TTFN ~Marydon

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  9. Magnolias really are special, aren't they?
    We have a fairly young magnolia here, but then we live in the warmest part of Canada and can grow things that are only dreamt of elswhere in the country.
    I always enjoy your garden posts!

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  10. Incredible! It looks so pretty up against the house...I can just imagine the smell...Hmmmmmm...You're very lucky to be able to look at and smell that beauty every day :) ! Have a nice day!

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  11. I share your feelings on the beautiful magnolia. While I miss my lilacs from "up north", I am in awe of the beauty of the magnolias. I am also amazed at how huge they can grow. I have 2 dwarf trees in my yard. I have been out there taking photos of them and enjoying a little whiff of their heavenly fragrance too.

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  12. I've never seen one espaliered , but doesnt it look wonderful! What a treasure you have there.

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  13. This is so beautiful! I HAVE to visit the south some day!

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  14. Hi Rhondi!
    I like the sights of summer! beautiful pictures.....when I look out I see my flower boxes filled with red and yellow flowers, they make me smile : ) hugs, Jennifer. Have a beautiful day.

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  15. Magnolia's really are beautiful. I had never seen one until we moved to Virginia and I was happy to learn that we have them in Ohio too :)

    Gorgeous pictures Rhondi!

    hugs,
    rue

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  16. Rhondi this is beautiful!!! This is one of the reasons I miss TN. It's been over 40 years since I lived there, but I remember how absolutely gorgous the magnolia's were.

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  17. We picked our magnolias too......and they are awesome to photograph. I can smell the scent.......
    I'm in the same town!

    Bonnie

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  18. The dew drops are gorgeous!!!!! Such a stunning picture. We have two magnolia trees in our yard...they too are blooming.

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  19. gorgeous shots . . . i can almost smell the magnolias!

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  20. You southern Belles are soooo lucky!

    All that foliage and lushness....truly life-giving!

    I love the golf story Rhondi---precious DIY memory!

    love, kelee

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  21. So beautiful Rhondi!!! How luck you are to have such beauty around you. I have beauty too, however different. Isn't God good to us? :-)

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  22. That looks to me like 'magnolia grandiflora' and I've always wanted one. What a magnificent specimen I'm really envious Rhondi.

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Thanks so very much for taking the time to leave a comment. I always read every one. I am glad you stopped by for a visit. Hope you'll come again!
Rhondi