Wordless Wednesday – Magnolia Stellata
Ok, so this post isn’t going to be wordless. at.all
I’m getting so far behind on using the photos that I know most are going to be ignored and never again looked at and just sit wasting space on my ever decreasing hardrive.
So here’s me attempting to use up some of the many, many shots I took of the Magnolia Stellata this year.
See, so there is one good outcome of the rain we miserably endured last year.
Stellata loved it!
For the past 5 years I’ve wondered whether it’s actually a rather thirsty tree and likes to be well watered throughout summer. Those of you who has followed me for the past 5 years may well remember that I was on the verge of getting rid of it because it didn’t bloom for 2 years. The third year just as I was preparing to pull it out, it produced a handful of blooms. So that summer I watered it well, just to see. The year after, more blooms, say 20.
Well, this year has been fantastic. I won’t even attempt to count how many blooms adorned its fragile little branches.
Of course I’ve also been getting my nose right in there for a good sniff of its wonderful perfume (checking for beetles, bugs and spiders first, of course!).
I really wish I could bottle it up for use later on in the year… Oh wait, companies already do that!
Shame they never actually smell like the real thing.
And now it’s time for the show! Sit back and enjoy 🙂
I hope you all had a nice weekend and those of you in parts of the UK – had a nice bank holiday. Here the weather was glorious – a bit too hot, in fact. And we had a busy weekend getting the kitchen sorted, painting the living room, power washing the decking and walls (the creature from the black lagoon was my better half by the time I finished. I even had the mother of all spiders crawl down my face. OMG.). After having a shower I decided to relax on the grass, fell asleep and then woke up too hot. Hid indoors for an hour or so only to find myself itching to paint the walls outside. So out I went, Tuesday after work I finished the other side of the wall… after being unable to paint it last year because it was always too wet, I can’t stop staring at how much better it looks now.
Next up is painting the bathroom, entrance hall, stairs and landing. The latter job will be a major one because the ceiling on the stairs is so high I need to borrow a special ladder to paint them.
I hate ladders.