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my favourite; Magical magnolia has that special something.

NOT long after we moved here, we planted a small Magnolia stellata. Now it is a beautiful spreading tree. The other day, I heard someone comment that this magnolia was not very special. I beg to differ. Its shape is intricate, its stems - bare now - evidence its age. They are a record of every season and every year. Its grey wood is hardly discernible under a shaggy coat of lichen - a mixture of subtle colours and intriguing texture. And now its swelling flower buds are covered in the softest fur as though they had absorbed the mistiness of the December day.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2014
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