Scent of magnolia
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.