Early pink magnolias

Tulip magnolia

When we arrived back in Washington, D.C., in the first week of April, I enjoyed the flowers of the tulip magnolias.  They were practically the only blooms in the still wintery landscape.

Tulip magnolia at DACOR-Bacon Hse., Wash., D.C., April 2013/enclos*ure

Although I believe what I was calling ‘tulip’ magnolias were really saucer magnolias (Magnolia x soulangeana), which are a hybrid of tulip or Mulan magnolia (M. liliiflora) and Yulan magnolia (M. denudata).

Tulip magnolia at DACOR-Bacon Hse., Wash., D.C., April 2013/enclos*ure

At DACOR-Bacon House, about two blocks west of the White House, I took a lot of photos of two magnolia trees that are planted at the tops of retaining walls, so that the lower blooms are right at eye level.

One of the best places in Washington to enjoy this tree blooming (or leafed out and casting shade) is the Moongate Garden of the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden.

Tulip magnolia at DACOR-Bacon Hse., Wash., D.C., April 2013/enclos*ure

And that Washington flower, the pink magnolia tree, blooms now/ In little yards, its trunk a smoky gray. . . .

James Schuyler, from “Hymn to Life

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