‘March, the month when magnolias rule our world’ wrote Thomas Pakenham in The Company of Trees, a gift last December that inspired me to test his opinion.
Our local 5 km pandemic travel radius is coast-cropped. We only had access to 37 km2 for exercising and magnolia hunting. I stopped counting after finding over 80 specimens in 26 days of peering into suburban gardens.
I am pleased by being able to mail the chapbooks to schedule. They arrived from the printer at 1500 and repackaged, they went directly to the local postal sorting office at 1700 hours.
In the week since I stopped taking magnolia photographs for this chapbook, I have seen at least another 25 magnificent magnolias peering out from their suburban gardens. At me and everyone else lucky enough to happen upon any one of over 100 I met in this tiny area during their brief blooming.