The flower above is one of thousands that are now opening in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Magnolia Plaza. With warmer temperatures expected today and the next few days, this weekend and next week will be a spectacular time to visit. Even the flowers still in bud can't wait to join the stage.
In a comment on my Facebook status update for this post, Dr. Susan Pell notes:
Actually, the Magnolia zenii blooms first at BBG [not M. stellata, as I had written], but it's in the back corner of the Discovery Garden so most people over 3' tall miss it.Most of the Magnolias will follow M. stellata, Star Magnolia, in quick succession. Sometimes the bloom on a tree lasts only a week, depending on the weather. You should visit in person at least once over the next three weeks. But this year, for the first time even distant visitors will have a chance to witness the parade of bloom, thanks to one of Dave Allen's time-lapse videos, now in the process off being captured.
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