My enjoyment in observing the flowering stages of the Magnolia Grandiflora has lasted almost two months, by now many trees have entered their fruiting stage which is fascinating too as in the end brilliant red seeds will stick out from the fruit before dropping down on the ground to continue with new life.
The flowers thrive well under the full sun as in the shade of the leaves emanating a fresh and unique scent. As this is one of the most ancient tree species it is remarkable that it has survived multiple earth and climate changes up to today. Designed to survive a climate crisis.
One of my recent Magnolia tours coincided with the annual international Marseillaise pétanque tournament. While I was exploring Borely park for its Magnolia trees where the four-day event was held, hundreds of spectators were watching the numerous three-man pétanque teams in concentrated action. The tournament creates excitement in a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the camaraderie among the players and the public.
Fortunately, the summer weather in Europe is still on the safe side compared to other parts of the world that are hit hard by extreme heatwaves, storms and wildfires. The pandemic situation here on the other hand has returned to serious while we thought it would be all over soon. My planned visit to family and friends in the Netherlands is still pending until the covid clouds clear up.
If you ask me, these stressful times could bring the utmost out of human beings, being pushed to our inner strengths and resources and writing a new chapter in human history – Rebuilding life and the world without falling back into bad habits.
The Magnolia Grandiflora tree has been on earth for millions of years and still blossoms in full glory with a refreshing scent, this tree species shows that it is not so difficult to believe in the continuation of life .. regardless the conditions.
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