Oh, Mama Earth, you’re a cruel one at times!
The first week of Spring, I was giddy with anticipation. The buds on our Magnolia tree were getting fatter and fuzzier by the minute! High hopes for a full on, bloomin’ bonanza within days!
I posted photos of my budding branches in the inaugural Pics of the Week and yapped away about my would-be magnolias to my gardening groups.
(Back of hand to forehead and heavy *sigh*)
Just as they began to pop into their gorgeous glory, the fickle Canadian weather swooped and threw the temperature way down below freezing.
(Heart wrenching, frantic violins!)
So now, it is with deep regret that I inform you that the magnolia blossoms, mere days old, and only half opened, did not make it.
Frostbitten, browning petals litter my lawn now, and what is still on that poor little tree is terribly saggy, spent and well beyond saving.
That said, I did manage to snap the following pictures the day before the cold laid the smackdown.
It warmed up again, today, but we’re expecting it to get frigid again (I’ve heard rumors of one last snow…ACK!!) We’ll have to watch and wait to see how our darling tree fares this Spring.
On the flipside, while Mother Nature taketh away, guess what? Bingo! You’ve got it, my friend, she gives too!
As I lamented my almost-bloomed magnolias and abject ruthlessness of Canada’s freakish weather, I got a heckuva deal! A full case of sweet, sweet champagne!
…Well, Champagne mangos, actually ;).
Also known as Ataulfo Mangos, I wrote about these golden goodies (here) and they are deeeeelish. I got the whole case of 18 for what worked out to about $0.50 per mango (over half off of what they normally cost! SCORE!)
I see a plethora of juices, smoothies, desserts and chutneys in my future!
And maybe, just maybe, a beautiful, blooming magnolia tree too.
All images by Moi, Zen and Genki, with the exception of Crying Baby (via Babyworld)
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