Southern Magnolia (shed cycle)

Magnolia grandiflora leaves

Dead Southern Magnolia leaves are as much a sign of spring as are the big, white bowls in bloom above them right now.

Spring is fall for Southerns: when a goodly percentage of the “evergreen” leaves brown, die and drop.

We love the shiny leather patterns on the sun-side of a leaf—they look like water drops—and we love the velvet on the verso.

All part of life’s rich pageant  shed-cycle.