Oh yes, the magnolias are in bloom in Central Texas. An odd place to see these fabulous flowering trees.
I am more familiar with their velvety bloom as they lazily adorned the magnificent trees that lined our streets in small town Louisiana. They rose proudly and, as their plate-sized blooms would slowly glide to the ground, they were snatched up quickly to compliment many a summer supper tables with their fragrant decor. Just the hint of their fragrant aroma carries me back to childhood memories of picking one for my momma's Sunday morning bouquet. A little to garish and gaudy, but my mother never let on that it wasn't the most beautiful gift ever as she wrapped the woody stem in a dampened hanky and glided down the church isle with that sweetness floating all around her.
A fond and fragrant memory.