Today’s weather was amazing, or so I observed from enclosed spaces for the majority of the day. I was fortunate enough to be standing in our driveway very late this afternoon when a breeze blew the last petals from our magnolia tree. I have watched this tree with great interest since March, anxious for it to bloom. Unfortunately one of April’s heavy frosts killed half of the petals, and only about half had opened to begin with, for reasons I need to explore with a local green house. Regardless, this merrill magnolia is a treat to have in our yard and a wonder to watch. The fragrant white blossoms are delicate and lovely, and I’m sad to see them gone so soon. We surely enjoyed the while they were here, though.