10/27/09

My October Magnolia

Pink magnolias bloom in February or March down here, sometimes January. They bloom once a year. I thought I was seeing things last week when I looked out the window and saw a few blossoms on my poor trees. They have seemed rather confused since Hurricane Ike stripped their leaves off several months early a year ago. But then one of my favorite books from childhood came to mind, Leo the Late Bloomer, and I had to smile. My magnolia may be blooming late (or early), but at least it's blooming. And that is pretty spiffy.

{Speaking of children's books, there's another favorite I can't remember the name of. It was about various bugs getting ready for bed with adorable little illustrations. One of the bugs always dropped their shoes on the floor at bedtime. I must have been reading it in the early 80s. Does anyone recognize this?}

9 comments:

elizabeth said...

wow. the librarian in me wants to figure out what book that was!

I wonder if the blog http://collectingchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/
could be of help...

Lovely picture of the Magnolia! There is a Magnolia tree near to the monestary and I have alway wanted to see it in bloom... but I come around the first of the year...

maybe see if the public library near you would know how to track down this book... they may at least have some databases you could look in...

Meadowlark Days said...

Thank you - our librarians frustrate me, but I will give it a try, as well as the blog. We must have owned the book since I remember reading it often, but I'm sure it's long gone by now. It clearly made an impression!

I hope you get to see the magnolia in bloom sometime!

Janelle said...

I don't know the book, but your magnolia is lovely, if a bit confused!

There is a site called Loganberry Books which has a "book stumper" section--you write in and describe a book and for a nominal fee (I think it's $2) the booksellers there will see if they can figure out what it is. They have identified several books for me.

:: elk :: said...

so happy you captured this bloom...i agree with your comparison to Leo ...with Texas weather at times the plants and trees are ever confused!

Mimi said...

You are back! Whohoooooo!
Lovely magnolia, and I'm curious about the book too.

Meadowlark Days said...

Janelle, thanks for the tip!

peaceliving said...

It's so fun to get a surprising blossom...our flowers and trees are always confused around here and seem to bloom whenever they feel like it. I hope your studying is going well.

Marfa said...

It's so delicate and beautiful...what a lovely photo. Enjoy your magnolia!!!

Letters From Midlife said...

Wish I could help with the book title. Post it when you find out because it does sound like a fun book.