Last year when the magnolias started blooming, I was all about finding the perfect white flower. This year I decided to concentrate on the has-beens: those flowers that are past their prime with browning petals. And because I gravitate towards warm, earthy colors, to me, they are just as pretty.
I think one of the features that draws me to the magnolia is their center cone — it’s actually a woody fruit that contains seeds. It has the prettiest burgundy stem. And, after all the brown petals have fallen it stays on the tree for a while.