At the hint of spring, our magnolia bush is one of the very first flowers to make an appearance. Today, the large downy-covered pods are about to unfurl into a delicate dance of pale froth right on cue, as spring officially arrives. Hurray for spring! I hope you are seeing hints of it in your backyard, and feeling inspired, renewed, and refreshed.
This glorious show is somewhat short-lived though, which makes it nice to have the 'magnificinet magnolia' as part of our state flower quilt. Actually, there are two blocks--as it is also the flower choice for Louisiana. So we will be stitching it again--reversed next time, and with the same colors. I think these these soft, subtle colors add balance to the more saturated ones. I snuck in some peachy-pink around the edges to give it a little "lift" off the background.
Mississippi flower facts: An election to choose a state flower was held in November 1900. Among the contenders were the cape jasmine and cotton flower, plus 42 other varieties, but it was the magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) that won out after it received half the votes, from nearly 24,000 school children. In 1938 the magnolia was also selected as the state tree. But the state flower wasn't officially designated by legislature until February 26, 1952. (I'm not sure why they waited so long.)
My box of colored floss (from JoAnn's) arrived yesterday and I got back to work--my needle is flying. More flowers coming soon!