While the prairie is still mostly brown with a bit of green peaking through, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arboretum is bursting with blooms! In their tree specimen area there is a large collection of magnolias. In the spring it is a beautiful place to visit.
I love magnolias, but we could never grow one where we live. While a star magnolia might survive the weather outside the city, the flowers would not survive the wind. They would bloom, look pretty for a day or so, and then the wind would blow all the lovely petals off.
The Arboretum’s specimens area is a sheltered area where magnolias bloom happily and petals drop softly to the ground when blooms are done. This is why I always try to drop by the Arboretum in the spring to see the blooms. There is a wonderful collection of magnolias… star and saucer magnolias.
When I visited several days ago the magnolias with white flowers were just about done blooming. The pink saucer magnolias were in full bloom and the yellow magnolias were just starting to bud… with a few flowers just opening.
I strolled amongst the trees enjoying the magnolias, taking lots of photos and smelling the flowers. If you’re in or near Madison, Wisconsin, now is a great time to drop by the Arboretum. If you can’t get there for a week or so and miss the magnolias never fear, the fruit trees and lilacs will bloom next. That is sure to be a beautiful too!