I happened upon these Magnolia blooms the other day. They immediately were swept into a 5×5 cube and paired with wild onions and a lovely nondescript purple flower.
Magnolia is a fleeting beauty that should be enjoyed while it can. The bloom opens quickly, bruises easily and lasts a short time under delicate conditions. The leaves on the other hand are a different story. They are incredibly hearty and can lasts weeks at a time. We used them quite frequently in restaurant accounts specifically for their longevity and complimentary aspect to various arrangements.
The bloom is here one day and gone the next. The larger open bloom in this photo has turned and faded in color today. Just like that. Also not as fragrant as I am used to. Not sure as to why.