Magnolias Bloom Late This Year

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The Magnolia Trees in Seattle seem to be blooming late this year. It's been cooler than normal and very few warm days. I've stopped running now but used to run in the St Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle. We'd run through a tunnel and then up on the Alsakan Way Viaduct with fun views of the city and out over Puget Sound. The race was rerouted a couple of years ago and it's a pretty boring run these days in light of the alternatives.

Driving down to the race start I always remember picking up a friend who ran with me almost every year. She had a Magnolia Tree in her yard and it seems like every year when I picked her up her car would be covered with the blossoms from the tree. That race is alwyas held on the Sunday closest to St Patrick's Day. I took this picture this week.


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Glenn Roberts



Melissa McKinney
Everything Pines Partners Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC

Glenn~That is a beautiful tree! It is so exciting when the weather gets warm and all the "new" is in bloom...a wonderful time of year!

Apr 14, 2011 04:48 PM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID
I have never seen a magnolia tree in person but have heard they are beautiful!!! I bet it is a site to see in person!
Apr 14, 2011 04:52 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Melissa - I do so admire the coming of warm weather.

Deborah - You must travel to warmer climes some spring and enjoy them.

Apr 14, 2011 04:55 PM
Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes
Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn - Stowe, VT
Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT

Gorgeous!  You guys are still ahead of us here in Southern NH!  No blooms yet.  I'm a runner and we're getting ready to celebrate the Boston Marathon on Monday!  I'm not running, but several friends are.  I hope they have great weather.  Have a great weekend!

Apr 14, 2011 04:56 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Great picture. Trees are in bloom all over, what a sight!

Apr 14, 2011 05:01 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Caroline - I had ambitions to qualify for the Boston Marathon but never came close to the time required.

Dave - The flowering plums are finished here and the cherries almost done. Soon it will be leaves and blue sky. Can't complain about that either.

Apr 14, 2011 05:05 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was never a runner.  I used to cycle though.  I did a couple of bika-a-thons for St. Judes.  Did 26 miles one year on a bike.  I think my shins would die if I ran though.  Beautiful photo Glenn.  Our dogwoods are about done.  But they are my favorite and so many of them grow wild in forest around here.

Apr 14, 2011 05:13 PM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Lovely...and you're right...everything is later this year, including the "tulip tree" (what we call this variety of magnolia).

Apr 14, 2011 05:28 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Beautiful photo of my favorite trees.  There was an area in Central Park that had gorgeous magnolia trees, loved relaxing there.

Apr 14, 2011 10:38 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Glenn, gorgeous tree! Not too much is blooming here right now but it's getting there!

Apr 14, 2011 11:11 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Glenn, Beautiful shot!  Magnolias aren't very common here, but growing up in the South no shortage of them!  Bill

Apr 14, 2011 11:12 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Totally worth the wait.  Those are gorgeous and really welcome the season in.

Apr 15, 2011 01:53 AM
Mitch Gover - Orlando, FL

Good Morning Glenn.  We've got our Southern Magnolias down here.  I have one in the front yard that just started to bloom.  Not nearly as profusely as the Magnolia in your photo.  Southerns just don't do that.  It is one of the finest fragrances ever though.   Right up there with orange blossoms.  Have a great day.

Apr 15, 2011 02:42 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Tammy - I've seen your wild dogwoods throughout the south in bloom and just love them.

Li - I've always known them as tulip trees too.

Roger - I've been to Central Park but don't remember the trees, That was in 1966, and it was in the fall.

Jackie - Your spring will come...and soon, hopefully.

Bill, being from Minnesota I associated them with the south, until I moved to Seattle.

Paula - And the season will be very welcome when it arrives for sure.


Apr 15, 2011 02:42 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Mitch - They do smell fantastic.

Apr 15, 2011 03:03 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I love these trees. Nothing is blooming here yet! Even the trees still have on their winter parkas.

Apr 15, 2011 03:37 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Lyn - It's tax time. We need flowers and other blooms for the occasion.

Apr 15, 2011 04:17 AM
Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

What I remember most about my vaca in Seattle was the gorgeous landscape- breath taking.  Thanks for sharing today. 

Apr 15, 2011 07:34 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Lorraine - You must have been here in the summer. It is gorgeous.

Apr 15, 2011 11:57 AM