Monday, April 14, 2014

Catching A Show: Magnolia Matinée


The most-watched show around here this spring hasn't been Scandal, House of Cards, The Good Wife or the return of The Mindy Project. Seeing the magnolias unfold out the breakfast nook window has been a favorite form of entertainment as spring wakes up and winter sulks away.  


From bare branches and tightly closed buds...



To a hint of pink against gray and blue skies...



Until...


Suddenly a troop of Degas ballerinas are dancing in my backyard.



Even now as green takes center stage and the remaining blooms have an air about them of drunken guests who have stayed too long at the ball, the tree still holds my attention - a dropping petal catches my eye, like a young starlet carelessly tossing a couture gown onto the floor after a circuit of Oscar parties.

What are you watching this spring?

Happy Monday! XO

25 comments:

  1. I love these beautiful photos.We will plant magnolias when our new home is built. I am amazed at the size of the azaleas in our area this spring. The white azaleas are my favorite. I just wrote a post about some we saw the other day a few minutes ago.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! And thanks for stopping by today. White azaleas sound just gorgeous! XO

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  2. How gorgeous!! We are far away from things blooming around here but with our finally milder weather having arrived, it cannot be far away.....such beautiful pictures!

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    1. Tina, glad some warmer weather has finally found you - I will be jealous when all our spring blooms are spent are your's are just getting started!

      Happy Monday! XOXO

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  3. I am just happy to see daffodils finally, but your blooms are gorgeous!!

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    1. Daffodils are such a lovely start to spring, Karolyn! XOXO

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  4. Love when everything is in bloom...so pretty!

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    1. This time of year is just heaven, I think, Taylor! XOXO

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  5. These are beautiful photos...and I love your narrative to go with them!

    Have a fabulous week, Jeanne! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! Hope you have a fabulous week, too! XOXO

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  6. DEGAS BALLERINAS! I love that description!

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    1. Thanks, La Contessa! I can just see them doing pirouettes. XOXO

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  7. You know that magnolias are must where I am, and this post shows up close how stunning they really are. Thank you for sharing, and I love that you mentioned Degas and ballet!
    Happy Monday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  8. Love watching spring's magic show!
    pve

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  9. Simply stunning portraits of one of my favorite spring blooms! Jeanne, you should set up an easel and paint these lovelies!! What a show. xo

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  10. what crisp, clean documentation, j. feels like i could reach right through the screen. i am enjoying the birdies but not the sorbet-sized hail and lightning sending bella luna into a panic. send some of those blooms over.

    happy new week.

    michele

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  11. Fabulous pictures! The colours are just so beautiful.

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  12. Your words make the event into a fabulous story! And how beautifully splendid the precious blooms look.

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  13. How lovely are your words and pictures, Jeanne! We're eagerly anticipating the first daffodils in our yard. Lots of green shoots but no flowers, yet. The weather was glorious and is turning a bit cold and gray for the next few days but we know April showers bring May flowers.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  14. Magical photos! I love Spring.

    But today it was snowing in Chicago. :-(

    Margaret

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  15. Jeanne, probably it was just a wee blip in the system but I didn't get my email notification for this yesterday. I'll let you know if it happens again. I am happy that it was on my blogger dashboard because it is all gorgeous!!
    Bisous.

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  16. Hello, Miss Heather! Well, frustratingly enough, it sadly isn't a blip - there is some glitch with my Feed Burner and my emails haven't deployed in over a week. I haven't been able to figure out how to fix it! My CTO (Mr. H.) spent some time on in last night and hopefully solved the problem. If not, I'll be looking at migrating to another service.

    Anyway, glad you popped by and enjoyed the flower show! XOXO

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  17. These pictures are AMAZING! i finally can feel the spring mood!
    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
    RUSSIAN DOLL

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  18. Your photos are exquisite! I have been admiring some magnificent magnolias in our area and we are determined to plant one at some point in our garden. This is an amazing time of year as everything 'wakes up.'

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