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I told you so!
Only took 20 years! 
31st-Dec-2008 07:24 pm

Shock of shocks!  My Bull Bay Magnolia flowered 2 days ago! 
I planted it close to 20 years ago... and this is its first flower ever!
It smells DIVINE, and you can smell it from metres away!  And that was on a cool day.  Can't wait to see what it's like with more flowers (there appear to be more on the way) on a warm day!

I'm choosing to see it as an augur of good things to come; that our struggle for the last 20yrs is finally going to bloom into something pretty special.  ^-^

Here's to a good 2009!

31st-Dec-2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
31st-Dec-2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
My parents planted a magnolia in our front garden the day I was born. While we've moved houses a dozen times since then, I still go back to see that tree whenever I'm in Georgia. It's grown to be 30 feet tall in its 26+ years and blossoms gorgeously every spring.

I stopped and knocked on the door the last time I was there to tell the owners about the origins of the tree. Partly so they wouldn't shoot the nutter in their garden and partly so they'd know its history. Apparently their young daughter loves to sit under the tree.

It now fills the entire cul-de-sac with its aroma. The young mother there says it's one of the ways they know they're home - the smell of magnolia overwhelms the property. :)

Enjoy your magnolia!
31st-Dec-2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
May the most beautiful flowers grow all around you and may more and more of your precious art flower our Fandom in 2009.

Happy New Year!!!
*hugs and kisses*
31st-Dec-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Long time lurker dropping in to say how awesome that is! My mum planted a magnolia from seed the year I was born, and after 18 years it's not flowered yet! She was glad to see the photos and be reassured that she isn't the only one whose been waiting.
31st-Dec-2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
It's surely a sign of a good year to come!

Magnolias are my favorite.
31st-Dec-2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, pretty!
I've never heard of it before, but I hope you get lots more flowers, and every year too!!
Happy '09 and beyond.
31st-Dec-2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
How beautiful! Congratulations, and I hope it is a good sign for 2009!

I love magnolias. My grandfather's house in Baton Rouge has a beautiful one in the back yard. I keep meaning to buy one to try to grow here, because I think it's temperate enough in the winters for them, but I always forget. Maybe this year...

Happy New Year!
31st-Dec-2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
It's a beautiful Magnolia anyway but a blooming flower after 20 years is a little bit of magic!
Happy New Year! *hugs*
1st-Jan-2009 02:28 am (UTC)
That is so amazing - I had no idea magnolias took so long to bloom! Talk about a long term commitment. Very cool! :)
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