The Joy of Spring

That Friday Feeling

The joy of spring… hits me every year!

Every September I seem to write a similar post about the joy of spring, and in particular, my magnificent magnolia tree.

One year a blogging friend suggested I compare the photos I’ve used each time.  So I’ve decided to share the photos I’ve used over the years, all in the one post.

There are a few similarities but the overriding feeling, to me anyway, is that they are all beautiful. I’m definitely not a photographer but I try to capture their beauty in a variety of ways.

Magnolia season in Tumbarumba

It’s a short lived season of magnolia beauty, due to our location but one we celebrate for as long as we can.  We are in a cool climate in Australia, about 700 metres above sea level so we have a later flowering season than many other areas.  It is well worth waiting for and I hate not being at home in September, as I miss out on the show!

It often seems that once the flowers bloom, a spring storm, wind or even light rain will come through and destroy them but so far they are holding on, a bit bruised from a brief shower but still looking magnificent. And no I don’t know why I only have one photo from 2016, what was going on that year I wonder?

I’ll let you be the judge – enjoy!




Magnolia in the sky



I found this quote from Anais Nin which I think sums it all up beautifully:

And the day came

when the risk to remain tight in a bud

was more painful than the risk

it took to blossom

Anais Nin

A life lesson

This could also sum up the way we live our lives, don’t you think?  Yes it’s safe to stay comfortable and safe but reaching out takes some courage and risk.  I can see the truth in this more and more as I age.

The joy of spring always makes me smile – what about you?  The good thing is you don’t always have to travel far from home to see beauty.

Feel free to leave a comment below. I always love hearing from you.  Enjoy your Friday and the week ahead.

Deb xx

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31 Replies to “The Joy of Spring”

    1. I must admit I’m the same Jennifer, which is why I wanted to go away over our winter months, it can get too depressing!! I love the sunshine and as it warms up I can’t move from the verandah or my delightful little sunroom out in the garden. Thanks for your visit!

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  1. I love the waxy feel of magnolias and their glorious aroma. Your photos are gorgeous, and yes Spring is such a beautiful time of year. In SWA we have wonderful displays of wild flowers and a fabulous flower festival in Nannup that focusses on Tulips and Daffodils – my faves 🙂 #MLSTL

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    1. I love wildflowers too and we have tulips coming up and still loads of daffodils around. Thanks for your visit Jo I really must get to SWA sometime to see all the wildflowers everyone talks about.


    1. Yes it’s a toss up for me between autumn and spring. I used to love summer but it gets a bit too hot at times. Enjoy your autumn Donna, happy to bring you some spring prettiness as you settle into autumn. Next year you can spam me with your spring photos as we go into Autumn 🍂 😊😊.


  2. Gorgeous flowers Deb – we have magnolias in WA but they never seem to grow to a large size or to flower much – some have a very shortlived white flower but none of the pinks that yours has. I think we’re a bit dry and hot for them. I also loved your analogy about being brave and reaching out x

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    1. Yes I’d agree Leanne you probably are a bit too warm over there for them. We have others lovelies in the garden but for some reason the magnolias appeal to me every year. The tulips are coming out now and we still have masses of daffodils around. I’m happy that my analogy worked ok. Have a great weekend.


  3. You have made my morning Deb, especially after a difficult week. Magnolias are gorgeous and yours are stunning. Isn’t Springtime a boost? I love seeing all the new blooms and although winter is very mild in Brisbane, there is certainly something special about Spring. You really can feel it and smell it in the air. I also can’t wait for the jacarandas to start blooming and making purple carpets everywhere when their blooms fall. Have a beautiful weekend, Deb xx

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  4. Spring is my absolute favorite season! I just love seeing everything spring back to life after a long, cold winter. I can’t grow magnolia trees in my zone as we are too cold here, but I remember one from my childhood and I just loved it when it was in bloom and when it’s beautiful flower petals dropped to the ground.

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