Magnolias are definitely in the running for my favorite Springtime flower. They always bloom right around my mom's birthday and at our old house, she had a beautiful magnolia tree planted right outside our family room window so we could always see and admire it. It was next to a weeping cherry tree- the second most beautiful tree in our yard. The thing about magnolias is that since they often bloom right around the cherry blossoms, people are ALWAYS confusing the two.
LET ME GET ON MY SOAPBOX: TAG YOUR TREES RIGHT ON INSTAGRAM, FOLKS. MAGNOLIAS ARE MAGNOLIAS. CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE CHERRY BLOSSOMSZ. YOU CAN'T BE PART OF THE FLOWER CLUB ONLINE IF YOU AREN'T PART OF THE FLOWER CLUB IN REAL LIFE. [ANGER EMOJI]
I've lived in my neighborhood for aboutttt four-ish years now and I have figured out which houses renters call home and which houses homeowners call home. I would never dare to steal a magnolia branch off of a home owner's tree, but a renter's... that's a whole different story. In my flower poaching exploits, I've learned which branches last and which don't. Magnolias, it turns out, last pretty well! Not as long as they do on the tree, but it'll give you a few days of happiness in your kitchen window. Never before have I ever stolen magnolia flowers before, since my mom always had STRICT rules about not touching that tree. My mother-in-law also had strict rules about it, and she claims her boys stunted its growth, which is probably true. This year though, I found a renter's magnolia tree in the yard of one of the dozens of homes in my neighborhood that has been carved up into two to four rental units. One little flower or two (or three) would never be missed.
Now that it's warm again, Brad has started getting his Springtime smoothie game tight. Strawberry-Banana, Oaty, Almond Milk bliss.