The Purple Queens

I can smell the sunshine, spring is here again. It’s refreshing to throw away the neckerchief, the heavy overcoat and enjoy a little bit of freedom, anyway, at least some kind of illusion of it. I took this pictures back in 2009 in the backyard of a nice and quiet church near to the central railway station in the heart of Bucharest.
Magnolia is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae dating to 95 million years ago.

Magnolia figo is also called “Purple Queen”.

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