Saturday, April 7, 2012

Northern Magnolias

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

from Bereft by Robert Frost

In the Catskill Mountains of New York, Magnolia x soulangiana is a popular landscape tree and one of the first to bloom.  They are deciduous and pink unlike the evergreen tree you see in the South.  Would love one near my cottage!

What is your favorite early spring blooming tree?

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love any tree that blooms! :) Are you going to be in Romantic Homes in June? I thought it showed you for the next issue-

I hope you have a lovely Easter!

Susan said...

I love magnolias!

When I lived in Indiana, I loved our dogwood!

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweet Sandy!

I think magnolia is one of the most beautiful trees!
Like the japanese cherry trees they bloom so lovely in the early spring. Absolutely breathtaking..!

Wishing you a beautiful day <3

Biggest hug

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful words and imagery, Sandy! I have to say that my VERY favorite is the lilac! It makes my heart smile and transports me, in my mind and heart, back to the hills of PA. Blessings to you , my sweet girl, I hope you are doing well. I know this will be a year of "firsts" for you as you start your life on a new plan. xo Diana

Heaven's Walk said...

Sooo pretty, Sandy! I have to agree with Diana. I love lilacs. There was a huge purple one in my backyard when I was child, and I always loved picking the blooms and bringing them into my bedroom. Sweet memories... :) Praying that you have a happy and blessed Easter, my friend. ♥

xoxo laurie

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

I have an almond bush that reminds me of miniature magnolias when it blooms.

Twinkle Terrior said...

Hi Sandy ! Every thing looks so sweet! HUGS oxox

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Easter from Australia♥

GardenGirl said...

Love them it is Flowering Current! Brightest pink flowers that drop from each branch.

Happiest Spring!
deb @ Garden Party

It's me said...

O love Magnolias !!!...happy easter from


Hello dear Sandy! Oh i like Magnolia tree so much... they are so romantic! I send you my best Easter wishes. Have a good and harmonic time, sincerely LISA LIBELLE

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

Beautiful! I love Magnolia trees but just wish that they blossomed for longer. Cherry trees are beautiful too. Happy Easter, Sally xx

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Lovely photos. Just took some of my apple tree blossoms.

à la parisienne said...

I love Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson poetry; they are the perfect words to pair with photography.

Dogwood trees are the only pretty trees around here with pretty blooms. If I could have any blooming tree, it would be a cherry blossom tree...mostly because I love pink:)

Happy Easter!

A Cottage Muse said...

Seeing a blanket of crocuses sure makes me smile!
Have a wonderful week!

Iben said...

So beautiful Sandy.


Rhonda said...

Bonjour Sandy, we have a gorgeous Orchid Tree and I could stare at it for hours.

I received my Jeanne d'Arc SPRING and I was jumping up and down.
It is fabulous - thank you so much!!
xo Rhonda

Kelly said...

Hi Sandy, I love the weeping cherry trees. I planted one from those mail order catalogs a few year back. It came and was about a foot high! Its been 5 years and its about 6 feet tall now. Still no flowers:( I think you should treat yourself and get one for your studio!


Fanciful Designs said...

Those blossoms are stunning Sandy! Thank you for sharing such a soft and perfect photo. Lots of love and beautiful Spring wishes to you!
p.s. did you make those wings on your header?

xo Noel

Shingle Cottage said...

Hi Sandy,
We nearly bought a Magnolia tree on Friday but i hesitated as i am not sure if it would grow at the coast,i adore Magnolia trees and they are popular here in England and this time of year the displays are beautiful.
I am waiting for my lilac to bloom i love them so.
One near your cabin would be just wonderful xxx

Stine said...

Hi Sandy!

I still have my old chandelier, it's hanging like a crown jewel in my living room <3 Oh, I long for the magnolias!!!! Such a gorgeous flower/ tree :)


mirjamsdrøm said...

Hi :)
I was just reading about you in a norwegian magazine, had to find your blog ;)
Lovely magnolias!
Your little cottage is so nice!
Looks like a wonderful place away from every day life ;)
Nice to visit.
Have a lovely week!


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