Our Little Gem magnolia tree replaced another tree knocked down by a storm in our front yard last year. Now she's finally blooming, just one gorgeous white flower with a sweet fragrance! A large old magnolia tree, Magnificent Maggie, graces our backyard, with spreading branches fit for climbing and dozens of large white blooms. In contrast, Little Gem was bred to be compact, growing up rather than out. She has no chance of producing as many blossoms as Magnificent Maggie, no one is going to sit under her for shade, and the only thing climbing her is a squirrel.
|Little Gem newly planted in July 2012|
|Lots of blooms on Magnificent Maggie in the backyard|
What does my Little Gem teach me? I might not be as magnificent as others. I might just be starting out. I may feel inadequate. But there is beauty and promise. I will grow, not like all the others, but just like I am meant to be.
"Do not despise
the day of small things."
You can see more pictures of Magnificent Maggie's blooms here: