“Everybody’s Favorite”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Judging from the hits on the posting I did last year, Japanese Magnolias must be everybody’s favorite flowering tree. That entry has been my most popular one – over 3,000 hits so far since its debut on February 21st. Everyday there is someone who looks at that particular one, and I still get questions about these very pretty and early-blooming trees. I find this very surprising because while I think these are lovely, I didn’t realize how many people must really like this particular tree.
This year the Japanese Magnolias started blooming about two weeks ago, and in New Orleans, about 30 miles south of us, they have been blooming even longer. There are many in the gardens of the houses that I pass on my way to work, and all the trees are covered in blooms. When you see one of these trees in full bloom in late winter when most everything else is bare or dead, you realize that nothing could be more lovely, as these photos of my next door neighbor’s tree shows.