Flower of the Day: 05.04.2017 Magnolia

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Today I took a photo trip to the nearby town of Solothurn, Switzerland. I think it must be since my last doctor visit at the beginning of the year that I have been into town, and then it was only to see the doc. We spent some time on the garden part and I must say I never knew we had so many magnolia trees. They were everywhere showing their blossoms. I decided to try and get a close-up of a flower. Luckily I am of the tall species of my race and managed to discover the internal life of a magnolia flower. Of course, I took many more photos, coming soon. At the moment my computer files are full of flowers.

Flower of the Day: 05.04.2017 Magnolia

Good Morning

Rose Beetle in Magnolia flower 03.05.2016

I was on a field trip this week, only in the garden. I seem to have accidents if I go further. I took my mega sized Nikon camera with me as I was in home territory and not trekking across the wild lands over swamps and cutting my way through the underbrush and lianas with my machete. Yes, it is a dangerous trip to take a walk on the footpaths of the Swiss countryside. You could be attacked by a cyclist or groups of others taking their dogs for walks. The dogs are usually very well behaved, but often their people can be very complicated.
Small Magnolia TreeI wandered over the border of my territory through the wild meadow of savannah grass to take a photo of the magnolia tree my neighbour planted two years ago. It is still small, but can always grow. It bears a few flowers in Spring and I decided on a closeup.This was the beginning of the magnolia tree in its first year when it was planted on the left. Imagine my surprise when I focussed with my macro adjustment and a rose chafer/beetle looked up and smiled for the photo. Afterwards he continued doing what rose chafers do in magnolia flowers. I quite like those clumsy members of the beetle world. They often make the mistake of flying into my super clean windows on a pseudo kamikaze flight. There is a crash and they land on my table to recover.

And for the grand finale, here is the daddy of them all, the magnolia tree around the corner.


In the meanwhile I have finished my breakfast and Mr. Swiss has emptied the Dyson vacuum cleaner, so we are ready for action. Mr. Swiss just said to write a blog “how to empty your Dyson without getting dust in your lungs”. He still reflects to the good old days when vacuum cleaners had disposable bags. I told him he must go with the times. He is otherwise quite modern and takes walks with his ear plugs to listen to the music from his iPoddy thing, just like a teenager.  I think he definitely has something against Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Today is a holiday as I said yesterday. It is Ascension day. I already ascended from my bed this morning and in a few minutes will ascend from my computer. It will not be such an action packed day, as my housework is completely up to date and just have the normal tour d’habitation.

Let us see what the blogging day holds for us and the sleepers, dream all about it. I think I should replant my grape hyacinths in my pot on the garden table, in the garden today. I will then have a nice show next year. I wanted to buy something new for the table yesterday in the supermarket, but they only had left over remains of the mothers’s day roses. I want something better. I was thinking a nice example of a Venus fly trap would be decorative and keep the flies away.

See you around later.