I’m not talking about any kind of magnolia – because there’s a hell of a lot of variations of this wonderful creation. Although I think that all magnolias are beautiful beyond words and take my breath away, there’s one that makes me smile more than others. It’s the Star Magnolia, also known as ‘Magnolia stellata’.
The star magnolia has a scruffy, yet delightfully delicate and slightly pink first apprearance that can’t be ignored. When you look more closely, you’ll soon see that the initial delicate appearance is actually supported by a strong and sturdy structure.
To be honest, I didn’t even know what a magnolia looked like until this spring. I’d heard the name before and I’d seen the flowers, but I’d never put the two together.
It was only this year when they started flowering towards the end of winter that I finally looked them up. Every time I passed these stunning flowers, I’d smile and been in awe of their magnificence. Their scruffy apprearance gave them a personality that I couldn’t ignore and they made me think ‘if I were a flower, I would be you’.
The problem was, I didn’t know what ‘you’ was. When I looked up the flower and found it was a magnolia I felt delight. I could finally put a name to this wonderful flower and the name is one I’ve always thought sounded magnificent.
I’ve since looked up the magnolia flower and found what it symbolises. I’ve listed what I found below:
- Love of nature
- Unconditional love – shunning all negativity
It’s also said to help open the heart and fulfill potential – to shine like a star.
With all these beautiful qualities, no wonder I can’t keep my eyes off it!
When I look at the list of all the magnolia symbolises, it rings true to me. Embracing my femininity is something that doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s something I strive to achieve with all my heart and despite vast improvements from my childhood days, it’s still something that requires attention and continued work to keep developing.
Other things on the list, such as opening the heart, self-worth and unconditional love are also qualities that have taken (and still require) lots of self development.
Then there’s the perseverance, nobility, love of nature, sweetness and beauty which are qualities that I am either attracted to in others or find them easier to express and feel.
Who would’ve thought there could be so much to say or discover about a single flower?
Nature has so much to teach us and I strongly believe that if something keeps catching your eye then there’s a reason and it’s a good idea to investigate further.
And remember to keep me posted with what you discover.