Their smell is the strongest when it is still budding like the one below. Just lovely! As they open up, the scent is not as strong.
However, it is when you see the opened blooms on the tree that draw your attention. The centers of the magnolia have a yellow flower with a red base.
These centers continue to grow and as the petals fall, the yellow stems fall off and the center turns into a hard dark center that is great for arrangements. I don't have one to show at this time. Here you can see that the leaves are turning a dark beige and some of the yellow stems have dropped onto the leaf at the bottom.
The magnolia blooming process begins with a bud like the one below that is pale green.
Here is another shot of the magnolia with the bleeding heart surrounding the base.
Magnolia trees are so lovely with their dark green waxy leaves and their beautiful white aromatic flowers.
Hope you enjoyed visiting with me and my magnolias!
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