Oops, I did it again! Sharing snaps for #lifethisweek

Springing into Spring

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

Considering Anne lived in the 1600s, she is right on the money with this quote! It speaks for today just as well as it did back, then in my opinion!!

Denyse’s prompt for #Lifethisweek is Share Your Snaps. So I’m sharing some snaps I took in my garden over the weekend.

Oops, I did it again!

Every year I try so hard not to do it, but eventually I have to give in to that inner voice, and just do it. So I did 🙂

I’m talking Magnolia photos here!

magnolia tree
magnolia tree

And this year I’ve given in way earlier than usual. You can blame the wave of warm weather for that! After the snow falls last week and consistent rain in previous weeks, the weekend was like a waft of spring, waving its magic wand over us all. And didn’t we all just love it??

We were outside, planting trees along the rail trail, riding our bikes, walking in nature, hanging washing outside and basking in the (by our standards) warm sunny days. I know it’s not going to last for long, but I have enjoyed it all the same!

So back to my Magnolia tree. Every year I watch it intently, looking at the buds, waiting to see them unfurl, catching that first hint of pink as the flowers break open and then watching them slowly unfurl to their full potential. Hoping that a storm doesn’t come and ruin them in the meantime.

And so it’s been again this year, watching, photographing, waiting!

I actually wrote a post in 2018 that combined all my annual Magnolia posts into one – you can read it here The Joy of Spring and see photos from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – if you’d like to that is!

Then in late September 2019, I combined my Magnolia post with one where I was feeling discombobulated after returning home from a month in England – Have you ever felt discombobulated?

Magnolia bud unfurling
Magnolia bud starting to unfurl

As you can see they still have a way to go before they are fully open but aren’t they just delightful in this form?

This poem by Erin Hanson is perfect for my Magnolia obsession:

The whole world is unfurling

As the winter makes to leave.

Like it is stretching out its limbs

And learning once more how to breathe.

For spring is in its fingertips;

The time for sleep is through,

And the air is gently humming

With the chance to start anew.

So there you have it, another edition to my Magnolia infused addiction. I can’t promise this will be the last post either, as once they start opening I will be back out there with the camera, I can assure you!

What’s your springtime favourite?

Are you a Magnolia fan too? Or do you have some other spring obsession you’d like to share. Maybe daffodils or tulips or blossom – I seem to have them covered too! But I’ll share them another day.

I’d love to hear from you

Thanks for joining me. Cheers to springtime!

Deb


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36 Replies to “Oops, I did it again! Sharing snaps for #lifethisweek”

  1. A long cold winter really does give us something to look forward to and be joyous about when spring arrives. I’ve posted flower photos this week also. Our azaleas are out in bloom and have twice as many flowers now than when I took the original photo. Our gardenia is about to bloom also.

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  2. I loved seeing these photos. Since we left our home in Sydney, I have needed something growing to call ‘mine’. I began with pots of flowers in the backyard and on the deck at the last house we rented and it was an easy to tend task and gave me great joy in my recovery time from cancer to take in the sights. This time, we have fewer in pots but we (I) actually added bulbs to the mix and it’s been a joy to see which one is coming up and flowering. I deliberately ordered bulbs as COVID set in to give me something to do and to hope for. Now, as each pops up and flowers, I have a visual reward. Every morning I peep out to see what’s new. Keeps me focussed on nature and gratitude.
    Thank you for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is 36/51 Taking Stock #4 7.9.2020 and I hope to see you there too. Take care, stay safe and well. Denyse.

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    1. Thanks Denyse. I love bulbs and think pots are a great way of gardening. Love that they keep you focussed on nature and gratitude. We can all learn a lot from you and your generous attitude. See you next week 🙂

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  3. I love these and I love that quote. It’s the same as you can’t have rainbows without rain – it’s the textures that allow us to experience the seasons. Life in all its ups and downs.

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  4. The only way to get over your Magnolia obsession is to admit that you have a problem and perhaps join a Magnolia self-help group. You need to face up to your addiction. Or maybe, just maybe, just enjoy those beautiful trees?

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    1. Yes unfortunately that is how the world works Donna – we hit spring and you hit autumn!! You can have an extension as we will have winter for a few more weeks regardless of what the date says! Hopefully you won’t starve when you come for dinner 🙂

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  5. Hi Deb – I love all the annuals that are springing up everywhere atm – the sun comes out and the days warm up slightly – bingo! their little heads start popping up everywhere! We have a lot of magnolias near us but they seem to be more foliage than bloom – not sure why, they flower for a very short period of time and if you blink you miss them. Loved your photos x

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    1. Yes I know what you mean Leanne, I’m a bit like tat too, the sun warms up and I’m out there bobbing my head up and down!! My magnolia is special because I understand the short period I get to appreciate it so I make the most of it – every year it seems!! Thanks for the comment on my photos too – they make me smile 🙂

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  6. I don’t have a magnolia Deb but we did have one for many years. I always loved seeing thebeautiful flowers appear on the bare branches. I would say my spring obsessions are my bearded iris. Spring finds me peering every day at their buds waiting for them to burst out #lifethis week

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  7. I adore Magnolias…we walk around our streets spotting them and getting excited when we see them. I remember years ago my friend rang me so excited and said “i bought a magnolia tree today” then picked me up to show me. He had actually bought a port wine magnolia that happened to be in the garden of the house he bought! lol The tree stayed even though the house was pulled down and a huge lovely home built.

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    1. Thanks Sam, they are so beautiful but stay flowering for too long. I’m always so worried about spring storms whipping the delicate flowers away! I can think of no better place for your best dog friend to be buried. xx

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