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Dreaming About Magnolias

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    This is from an album of magnolia photos I took this past spring. It's so dreary here in Atlanta, I'm trying to find reasons not to move - this is one of them!


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    this is one uprooted southern belle that misses magnolias more than most of his family... i have been shooed out of the few trees ive found growin over here... botanical gardens dont seem to take too kindly to rednecks tryin to get a better whiff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphr View Post
    this is one uprooted southern belle that misses magnolias more than most of his family... i have been shooed out of the few trees ive found growin over here... botanical gardens dont seem to take too kindly to rednecks tryin to get a better whiff...
    You would be amused, then, Shane, to know that Phillip and I get all our magnolias from places like office parks, where, at about 5:00 am in May and June, one is rarely chased away. We did get caught one night (went too early - 1:00 am) by a security guard who looked at us in disbelief and told us we were trespassing - wasn't one of our better sources anyway. We drive around with a pair of shears each, pull up to our favorite spots, jump out, cut what we can and dive back into the car. That's us - "The Magnolia Thieves". By the way, I'm an uprooted New Englander who misses lilacs and peonies almost as much as the family - sometimes more.

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    I have them growing wild back in jungle that is beyond my backyard. They make great centerpieces floating in a bowl of water. The fragrance is lovely.
    Nice photo, Maura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I have them growing wild back in jungle that is beyond my backyard. They make great centerpieces floating in a bowl of water. The fragrance is lovely.
    Nice photo, Maura.
    Thanks, cathy - They do look lovely floating in a bowl - I think I have a shot of that somewhere - and the fragrance just transports me. I try to keep them around constantly in the spring - it's really a shame they last only a couple of days at the most. I'm jealous of your magnolia jungle - we have to resort to office parks around here, although Phillip's farm in AL has a huge old classic with the largest, roundest and most beautiful ones I've seen.

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    I'll venture out beyond the gate and take a few shots of them growing wild.

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    What a beautiful magnolia bloom about to open. Great shot, Maura.

    The college where I finished my undergraduate work was nicknamed 'the campus of the thousand magnolias'. An interesting story to go with that: After graduation, I was traveling to Virginia to my new apartment. About halfway there, somewhere in Tennessee, I stopped for the night. The next day, I slept in and got on the road just before lunch. Since I missed breakfast, I stopped and had lunch. I was wearing a t-shirt that had the name of the Shakespeare theatre where I had worked the summer before (on the grounds of my undergraduate campus). An older man, seated at the table across from me, approached my table as he was about to leave and asked me about my shirt. I told him where it was from and he told me that he and his father had planted the magnolia trees on my campus when he was just a small boy. I didn't think to ask his name at the time, but the experience is one that always comes back to me when I see a magnolia tree or bloom. The trees are huge on the campus now.


    The oldest building on campus, built in 1909. This building housed the proscenium theatre.



    Cheers,
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    Wow, Bruce, what a fabulous place to go to college - I would have been out under the magnolia trees instead of sitting in classes! I went to college in Providence, Rhode Island - founded in 1763, I think - but I wouldn't imagine there are any of the originals left. It's a pretty urban campus, the only trees, really, as I remember, being on "The Green" - and I believe there were a few old elms and maples, but I was so wrapped up in my studies that I rarely looked up. BTW, I was an English major, with emphasis on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the 19th century poets and novelists. Have to say I prefer his tragedies to the comedies and histories - King Lear is my own personal favorite, although I have been in productions of Macbeth - Lady Macbeth is one of the most fun roles ever written for a female.

    Thanks for the aside - it gets my mind off some of the worrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Wow, Bruce, what a fabulous place to go to college - I would have been out under the magnolia trees instead of sitting in classes! I went to college in Providence, Rhode Island - founded in 1763, I think - but I wouldn't imagine there are any of the originals left. It's a pretty urban campus, the only trees, really, as I remember, being on "The Green" - and I believe there were a few old elms and maples, but I was so wrapped up in my studies that I rarely looked up. BTW, I was an English major, with emphasis on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the 19th century poets and novelists. Have to say I prefer his tragedies to the comedies and histories - King Lear is my own personal favorite, although I have been in productions of Macbeth - Lady Macbeth is one of the most fun roles ever written for a female.

    Thanks for the aside - it gets my mind off some of the worrying.
    I was hired to design the scenery for Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival a few years ago and KING LEAR was one of two Shakespeare plays I designed for them. And, my thesis show in graduate school was of course, MACBETH. Big fan of the bard.

    Glad you like the story, Maura. I was so young when I met that guy that I didn't realize how important that chance meeting was. I wish I would have asked him to sit down and tell me more about when he and his dad planted the trees. I was so focused on me and what I was doing at the time, I didn't realize what I was missing. I remember telling him was how big and beautiful the trees were now and that I had just graduated and was heading to graduate school at UVA. He was so glad to meet someone from SOSU and that the trees were still growing there. I hope he was able to go and see them.

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