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Ear buds

At this stage of emergence, the pale yellow buds on this Verbanica magnolia tree resemble shaggy little ears of corn. (Previous post about this magnolia.)

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Claret de bloom

Another fuzzy budder, this Leonard Messel magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’) had a few early openers that were far enough along to show some the pink-purple petals swaddled within.

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Catbird treasure trove

This Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) looked to be really enjoying the bright red berries of a small Sweetbay tree (Magnolia virginiana) and was downing them just as fast as he could.

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Yellow cup of sunshine

Another variety of magnolia in the park, Elizabeth Magnolia, offers up a papery pale yellow cup to drink in some late afternoon sun. Meanwhile, some of the neighboring blooms are just beginning to break out of their fuzz-dusty pink bud shells.

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The lipstick has landed

Five days later, almost all of the lipstick buds are open. Slender fingers with nail-polished tips gather to form a wayward sea urchin within.

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Lipstick rocketship

This capped bud reminded me of both a lipstick and a rocket. It has since taken off leaving behind a billowing plume of petals. I think it’s some variety of magnolia. I’m leaning toward lily (Magnolia liliiflora), but it could be … Continue reading

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