Yesterday the official temperature reached 82F here in Raleigh ~ quite a
hot pre-Spring day.
Being St. Patrick's Day there were many short sleeved Kelly green t-shirts visible ~
both on the street and the outdoor patios of restaurants and watering holes.
'Erin go Bragh' was heard on tongues not necessarily Irish. Seems we are all
suddenly Irish on March 17.
The subject of this post is really my precious Tulip magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora)
which suddenly showed color in yesterday's sunshine.
Petals burst through, and the fuzzy buds took on a beauty all their own.
No longer the tiny shrub I planted a few years back, this baby is now a small tree.
Native to southwest China ~ Sichuan and Yunnan ~ but cultivated for
centuries elsewhere in China and Japan.
A deciduous small tree to about 12 feet tall, smaller than other magnolias,
it blooms profusely in early Spring with large pink to purple showy flowers,
before the leaf buds open. . . . and I love it.