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The Language of Flowers: Magnolia

The Language of Flowers

My love of flowers has been with me ever since I can remember. The array of colours, shapes and textures fascinates me. However I don’t actually know much about them. So I’ve taken it upon myself to learn more about some of my favourite florals and botanicals, as part of the 5 Ways with Flowers Challenge.

Last month, Brighton was awash with Magnolia trees and I was in floral heaven. Magnolias are one of my favourite flowers and their shape and fleeting beauty is just gorgeous. Today I am sharing a few interesting facts about Magnolias alongside some of my experimental artwork.

The language & Meaning of Flowers Magolias | Painting Grace

Using floral photography mixed with experiments in paint I’ve designed a graphic to accompany these flowery facts.  If you would like to receive a high resolution version to print at home, signup to my newsletter at the bottom of this post and I’ll email you a copy to enjoy at home.

Characteristics:
Common name: Magnolia
Botanical name Magnolia
Type: Tree & Shrub. Deciduous,
Evergreen and Wall Trailing
Flowers: Spring, Summer
Plant: Autumn, Winter and Spring
No. of Species: Approx 210

  • Magnolias are the most ancient of flowering plants.
  • Magnolia Fossils have been discovered dating back millions of years.
  • Since magnolias predate the existance of bees, they are pollinated by beetles instead.
  • The name ‘Magnolia’ was named after the French botanist, Pierre Magnol.
  • Nutmeg trees, Tulip trees, and Ylang-Ylang are types of Magnolia
  • The flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature.
  • In the Victorian language of flowers, Magnolias represent dignity and splendid beauty.
  • In art, specifically Chinese art, the Magnolia is used as a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty.
  • The Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi.

Here are some of the recent images I took around Brighton from my Instagram account. Simply gorgeous!

Image of Magnolia Tree by Georgie St Clair on Instagram

Image of Magnolia Tree by Georgie St Clair on Instagram

Image of Magnolia Tree by Georgie St Clair on Instagram

And finally…

Here’s that newsletter form to receive a high resolution language of flowers: magnolia, graphic to print at home.

Enjoy and most of all I hope you learn something today!

Have an inspired day

Georgie x

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