I remember when I was in high school about 50 years ago. My horticulture teacher visited my house to help arrange my mother Violar plants and flowers in her yard. This was to help me with my grades in school. She agreed. Everything was going fine until the teacher wanted to move certain flowers. Mom said, "You'r not going to move this flower." When everything was over I got an excellent grade in his class. Mom said, "The yard do look better." She always try to be encouraging to her 12 children, 7 boys and 5 girls. Dad did too in his on way. He was a hard worker. He showed us how to work. We were a Sharecropper family during the 1930's to 1960's. We moved off the farm into our own house, that we had built by picking cotton to pay for it. (The house is still there today in Lynchburg, SC with the magnolia tree in the front yard)
We move off the farm in our own house. What a happy day! Dad was able to rest from his hard work for 10 years then he died. Mom later came down with Alzheimer's disease. I wanted to write down some things mother told me about the pass but now it was to late. She could not carry on those clear conversations any more.
One day while it was my turn to set with her, I decided to write that book. What would be the title of it? I said a prayer, stood up from my chair, walked to my mother's front door and saw the magnolia tree in her yard. I knew I needed more to the title. So a few days late while driving to work I said in my mind, "Magnolia, Magnolia, Where Are You?" That provide to be my first book title.
So now there is a second book and 3 screenplay and more.
I send a challenge out to all. What is your magnolia story? If you live in the eastern part of the United States you will see these tree often. A fellow writer and friend of mine just returned from Switzerland. He saw the trees there too.
Try this, have the passager in your car spot a magnolia tree then have them count to 15, as you drive you should spot another magnolia tree. Let me know if it works and what state you are in. I am in South Carolina.
Thank you for the great information on the magnolia tree.
I also found that - "Found in the rocks are fossil leaves of many trees and shrubs that show very little difference from the leaves of such plants today: oak, walnut, hickory, grape, magnolia, palm and many others."
You have shown great insight and knowledge. I hope others can see the beauty in them. Not to put one tree above another because they are all God's creation.
Keep up the find work. Thank you AARP for helping us to take it to the next level.
My name is Lydia and I am the one who posted the picture of that beautiful magnolia tree back on the 13th of October. I also posted the classic poem entitled "Trees" written in 1913 by the poetess Joyce Kilmer. I just wanted to thank you for acknowledging my post. I am glad you enjoyed the photo and the poem. So here's another pic -- this time of the beautiful flower of our delightful tree. Enjoy!