Relaxing into Chaos

Blending In

29 responses

  1. You always have such great titles. Your magnolias are certainly beautiful.

    April 21, 2013 at 3:00 am

  2. Ah, they are blooming! I love all kinds of magnolias. I had a tree in a container for years. They grow well in containers. This mass of blossoms is so lovely and soft. A nice way to relax into chaos, I must say.

    April 21, 2013 at 4:04 am

    • Yes, they’ve bloomed, and they’re already shedding their petals like mad. It’s raining white and pink. It’s a fleeting moment of glory for these saucer magnolias.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

      • I had a saucer magnolia in a container at the old house. They do well in containers as do the regular southern magnolias. The ones you’ve photographed had a wonderful display! 🙂

        April 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

        • Yes, they did put on a good show. What kind of containers does one use for magnolias?

          April 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          • Mine were in large, unglazed terracotta pots. I only buy Italian pots since the others disintegrate rapidly. The pots were maybe three feet tall or a bit shorter.

            April 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  3. beautiful

    April 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

  4. I’d love to strain a hammock under this Magnolia on a sunny day and read a good book in the partial shade…
    Would be a dream, wouldn’t it?

    April 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

  5. Among the so-called living fossil ancient plants,
    such as Hose-tail, Monkey Puzzle, Ginkgo, Cycad,Tree-fern,
    Magnolia is having so many different tree shape and size of flower.
    Still, I feel a kind of owe for them.—- and it may not only me.
    The largest of them, Magnolia Grandflolia (泰山木) was regarded to be
    as holy as Lotus in China and Illicium anisatum / Sikimi (樒) which has
    the smallest flower (less than an inch) was chosen to be the offering plant for
    Buddha especially among Nichiren followers.
    —– chaos or not, this plant has a power to shut our mouth
    and just open our mind.
    (By the way, this tree seems unusually big !)

    April 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    • Thank you, Yoshi-sensei, for this informative comment. I share your awe for the Magnolia, and experience the same shutting of my mouth when I stand beneath it. It is, as you say, very large. It is a magnificent tree. What’s also fascinating about it is that the blossoms last only for a few days. There is great anticipation, then the splendor of full bloom, and finally a marvelous storm of falling blossoms. There is a deep pool of pink and white petals all around it now.

      Seize the day. 🙂

      April 22, 2013 at 12:17 am

  6. Beautiful tree…….


    April 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    • Thank you, Pam. It is a glorious tree, indeed. I look forward to its blooming every year.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

  7. This photo screams springtime!

    April 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

    • Yes! If only the temperatures here would match! We’re dipping back into freezing temperatures again tonight!

      April 22, 2013 at 12:19 am

  8. If there is a more beatiful tree I can’t think of what it might be.

    April 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  9. Relaxing is nearly always a good thing, and if this is chaos, we could use a lot more of it here!

    April 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    • I hear you, Gary. Sending “springful” thoughts your way. Our trees are making a good show of it, despite dipping into freezing temperatures again. Thank you for your recent visit and lovely comments. You’re always so encouraging to me.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

  10. Gorgeous! 🙂

    April 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  11. Oh how I miss magnolias. None to be found in northern Nevada . . at least none that I’ve seen.

    April 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • They really are a fabulous tree. I’m sorry you don’t have them where you are. George mentioned growing one in a container. Maybe you could enjoy them that way?

      April 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

  12. Lovely shot – saturated with wonderful pinks, greens and browns in just the right (almost on the edge of psychedelic) quantities.

    April 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    • You’ve articulated, with the word “psychedelic,” a bit of my experience standing beneath the tree… It’s visually almost overwhelming, but then you give yourself over to it, and ahhhh. It’s mind expanding. 🙂

      April 22, 2013 at 12:26 am

  13. So pretty. 🙂

    April 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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