Once again this Spring the magnolia at the top of Redgates has produced a spectacular display of pinky white flowers, that look perfect in the early sun. The flowers and flowering buds of spring flowering magnolias are susceptible to frost damage, however, with the warmish winter and no beast from the east, the tree has flourished. Last year I described the tree as one of the best in the village and invited people to send in photos of any they thought were better. The only proviso was the tree must be visible to the public. We’ll do the same again this year, so there’s a challenge.
The magnolia is named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol and some fossilised examples have been dated as being 25 million years old. I won’t be expecting any to those. Please email any photo contenders to firstname.lastname@example.org