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Discovered this little Magnolia maudiae blooming its heart out in the garden this weekend. What a surprise. My pictures from last year show the bloom date as March 31.

Magnolia maudiae buds all aglow.


Blooms and buds galore.


And on just a wee 4′ Magnolia maudiae aka Smiling Monkey Forest Tree.


Lovely at every bud stage.


Holy Smokes and climate change, but it’s a beauty, no?