Friday, March 18, 2011

Sign of spring...

...I call this an orchid tree (bush)...but I think it's something else. Any ideas?

Whatever, it blooms for a brief time each spring, and the flowers are very beautiful. We had one in our yard at our former house in Ocala. This one was photographed at the Royal Oaks Golf Course.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

I'm not sure what it is but, it has a lot of pretty pink flowers.

Halcyon said...

It's a Japanese magnolia. I love them too! :)

Small City Scenes said...

The look like a type of Magnolia to me. Very lovely and pink. MB

cieldequimper said...

That's a magnolia! We have to wait another 3 weeks I think for ours to bloom!

SRQ said...

Yes - very pretty. I think one has already bloomed down here.

EG Wow said...

Lovely blossoms! That kind of magnolia doesn't grow here. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

While we were in Heidelberg one of the nicest spring signs I saw was these little yellow flowers blooming out of the grass, it looked so nice and inspiring good hopes!
God bless you!
Cezar

Rose said...

We are not that far along, but surely it won't be long.

magiceye said...

very pretty!

Lois said...

I think it is a Japanese magnolia too. Regarding your comment about the Spanish moss, I'm not sure what it does to the tree. There are plenty of 100 year old oaks around here just covered in moss and they seem to be doing fine. Other trees not so much, so it must depend on the type of tree. The pecan trees don't seem to mind it either!

Birdman said...

Take a look at my post today... what's spring!

Francisca said...

Hah! I don't know the first thing about flowers but my first guess was magnolia... and I was tickled to read everyone agrees! It sure is a pretty flower and a welcome entry into spring. Just came back from a walk on a gray day in Bucharest and saw first signs of spring here too.

[To answer you, we are not staying in Hotel Capitol, but rented a spacious old apartment less than a 10-minute walk from the office of our partners here. The project duration is four months and my ticket home is booked for July 1. Let's see what happens between now and then. Tomorrow we are driving up to Moldova for some meetings and will return to Bucharest on Tuesday. Hopefully I can snap some shots on the run... :-) ]

JM said...

Halcyon is right. I posted this and the white variety a while ago. Awesome blooming trees!

Jack said...

I'm glad that the folks ahead of me took care of your horticultural education. I have a very unusual magnolia in my yard. It is called elephant leaf magnolia because it has huge leaves about two feet long. Unfortunately, the blooms don't last very long.

Sailor said...

Beautiful picture here again.

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