Sunday, 10 April 2011
Magnolia trees are in full bloom in gardens and parks here. I found this one in the centre of Shipley, just opposite St Paul's Church. They always amaze me - they look far too exotic for this cold little country and far too exuberant to bloom in early spring. In fact, many years they get blasted by frost and soon go brown. The pink camellia also in the photo is a little bit scorched in parts.
Here's a little known fact (well, according to Wikipedia anyway!) - the Magnolia genus is so ancient that it predates the appearance of bees, and evolved to be pollinated by beetles.