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Scent of magnolia

The only bloom on the magnolia tree

First bloom

The scent reached me when I was in the pool today and I thought, ‘This is too strong for summer jasmine’.

Sure enough there was one half-opened flower on the magnolia tree.

Bear in mind that one tree with only a handful of blooms can perfume an entire street.

It must be one of the strongest flower fragrances there are – imagine creamy lily-of-the-valley with a twist of orange.

I love the translucent white petticoat inside the earthier outer-skirt and the way the form of the flower shines through.

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