A gift in late summer
The Sweetbay Magnolias, M. virginiana bloomed in spring and I lamented the end of this years fragrant flowers. As I was walking around our yard today, I was accosted by a sweet familiar scent and was surprised to see yet another flower on the Sweetbay. This one totally took me by surprise as I thought I inspected the trees for any other buds and saw none. The trees stopped blooming about 2 months ago so this is an anomaly but a very nice one indeed. This flower seemed to be especially full and beautiful. Possibly because it had access to all the nutrients it needed as there are no other flowers the tree needs to provide food for.
I love these wonderful surprises. Makes gardening even more worthwhile than it already is.