Thursday, September 16, 2010

Magnolias and soft pink prunus blossoms

Greetings from Canberra, Australia, on a sunny Spring day

September in my part of the world is very literally 'change of seasons'. All in one day we can have gentle rain, then sunshine and stillness, then a wild wind from the west, coming off the last patches of snow on the Brindabella mountains. 

Magnolia soulangeana 'Star Wars'
This is the spectacular magnolia 'Star Wars'. She doesn't have many flowers. Her focus is grandeur. There are more photos in the slideshow on the right.

Other magnolias are flowering now. This one is magnolia soulangeana 'Alexandrina.' She has masses of flowers and looks wonderful beside the prunus 'elvins', just coming into bloom.
Prunus 'elvins'

'Elvins' has masses of sword-shaped branches, totally packed with bloom. The blossoms come out pale pink then turn to richer, stronger pink as they age. Nice metaphor I think for all of us to become more colourful as life goes on (and more rich).

Magnolia 'Star Wars' against a grey September sky

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