Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tiptoe Through the......

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tulip trees!  Spring has arrived in Birmingham, and my neighborhood is just so beautiful.  Have a look at this tulip tree that I shot from my car window.  We've had some severe weather lately, so these lovely blooms are falling fast.

21 comments:

jb said...

They're magniolas. Bloody hell, all this Suuthn stuff is blowin' mah mahnd......

SRQ said...

Pretty! Being in Florida I lose track of the seasons. I'll look forward to seeing more spring blossoms from you.

Kate said...

Nature cannot be beaten...the colours on the petals are truly breathtaking. I suppose I should take a trip down South to see all these beautiful sights.

JM said...

Beautiful! I posted a similar shot of the Japanese Magnolia, same colour, about three weeks ago. :-)

JM said...

Here it is : http://oeirasdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2011/02/there-they-are.html :-)

Virginia said...

jb,
Ah sweah, you don't know nothing about southern stuff! This ain't no magnolia , baby!

JM,
I'm on my way over to see if Portugese and Alabama tulip trees look the same!

Kate,
You must come down!

SRQ,
I lived in south Florida and I know what you mean. I really missed the seasons.

Birdman said...

Uplifting image for the day.

Harriet said...

Virginia, JB is correct, it is a Magnolia soulangiana, known to us Southerners as a 'tulip tree' -- one of my favorites, by the way. Aren't those shades of pink just fabulous!

My French friend bought one of these trees en Bretagne to take back to the Loire Valley, so they have a French connection as well.

My WV is plasi --- almost plaisir which is what your photos give.

Lúcia said...

Spring is my favourite season!
Flowers are always so special...
Have a good weekend!

Rambling Round said...

They are "right," Virginia. I once labeled a tulip tree leaf as a tulip tree leaf in high school biology, and my teacher marked it incorrect. He said it's a Japanese Magnolia, and some folks up north call 'em miniature magnolias. Whatever! I still like calling 'em tulip trees though.

Virginia said...

Oh dear, do you dear readers know how hard it will be for me to tell JB he's RIGHT? I don't think my mouth can form the words! HA
V

Harriet said...

And JB is loving every minute...watching you squirm... trying to say it!

TheChieftess said...

"Oh Wow!" came out of my mouth as soon as I saw this one V!!! And then, I thought to myself," isn't that that pretty pink magnolia blossom?"

TheChieftess said...

Have I mentioned how much I love your new banner photo??? Fabulous!!!

-K- said...

All this time I thought they were "baby magnolias." Well from now on, I'm going to call them tulip trees.

brattcat said...

so good that you caught them in their precious, fleeting moment to shine.

Virginia said...

Well all I can say is that whatever we call it around this wonderful blog world, it's gorgeous and it's a tulip tree and just maybe it's a Japanese magnolia. It's spring, n'est-ce pas!? :)
V

FancyHorse said...

We were in B'ham last week, and it was just beautiful! All the white pear trees made it look like a wedding!

Nathalie said...

No magnolia? I would have sworn jb was right! Isn't tulip tree just another name for it? Beautiful anyway.

Jilly said...

Such a beautiful flower and photograph. Gorgeous.

Jilly said...

Meant to say there is a massive tulip tree in flower on the Route de Gorbio. I've one in my garden too but it's too young to flower and is currently covered in fabric to keep it warm!