This is magnolia season, a glorious time of year. I swear, my pink saucer burst into bloom literally overnight this week with the bright sun and warm temps. So did the white star magnolias all over the neighborhood. But look at this one. This is 'Elizabeth,' a pale, buttery yellow variety that's still little known among us ordinary folk.
The yellow magnolias bloom a bit later than the rest, and should be in flower by next week, says Paul Meyer, who sent me this photo of 'Elizabeth' from last year at Morris Arboretum. Morris has quite a collection of yellow bloomers. I don't know about you, but I'm going to get myself over there next week to see.
'Elizabeth' is so elegant, you might think it's named for a queen. Alas, no. Might as well be!