At the moment we are looking for our Magnolia. I've lived in two homes which have had magnificent Magnolias in the front garden and I really connect with the energy and wisdom that this precious Nature friend brings.
If you look at the way this plant moves through the seasons, you will learn so much. She is bare and appears to most even dead when she flowers. Her blossom carpet the earth with her nature glitter of healing and warming hues with the promise of the Spring. When we expect least, she brings most.
Magnolia is one of our oldest surviving plants and our oldest flower on Earth with fossils being found that date back over 20 million years. The carpels (modified leaves which appear as petals), though seeming to appear fragile are actually very strong and have an almost rubbery texture. This is because Magnolia appeared before bees, pollination began with beetles, so a stronger more resilient flower was needed to support them. I find this says so much about this flower and her connection with us.
Having a Magnolia in the front of your home will provide encouragement and support to all within, especially through any difficult times and the gives us all really deep connection with nature. They have very healing and supporting qualities for women who are approaching times when their children are leaving home and they are approaching the middle time of life. For all, they connect us with heritage, family, lineage and they support us in all manner of life changes and transitions.
Magnolia look over all of Nature and will provide a vital link between what was and what will be. They stand as a guardian and record keeper of Earth. To invite one into your garden is to assist by giving her space. Care for her and she will spread her branches and care of you as she does all around her.
Her element is Earth, she is connected with the planet Venus
and with Deities of the home, family and love.
Most Victorian Flower Books interpreted her as meaning Dignity, Grace, Nobility and Matriarchal
connections which very much reflects the energy of the flower and the way the meaning would appear to the society of that time.
Many cultures the world over connect with the energy and the meanings of Continuance, Endurance and Longevity of Magnolia.
Though all Magnolia types have have similar meanings, through your personal observation, you will come to understand and learn what they are. I find that by connecting with a plant, I may know the basics of meaning and energy but I always learn so much more once I listen to Nature. Listening is observation of what is here, what is happening.
Magnolia the physical healer. Magnolia is used in Chinese and Herbal Medicine for sinus difficulties, breathing problems, allergies and anxiety related issues. See a qualified specialist for advice.
So can you grow a Magnolia? There 100s of different types, so I'd advise talking with your local Garden Centre and also going for a walk and seeing if your neighbours are successfully growing a Magnolia. You need a sunny spot but avoid strong afternoon hot positions. They prefer a temperate zone and will not tolerate below zero temperatures for very long. Frost protection is also needed for young plants.
Though a hardy plant, you do need an improved soil to look after her with a nutrient rich mulch to ensure abundant flowering. They also need good watering and constant care through hot summer days. For more information for your area, talk with you local garden care centre, they are the experts for your specific zone and can advise on types and the individual care you may require.
A Blessing ~
To ensure your lover remains true to you, place a magnolia shoot under their bed.
May nature always bless you and may you in turn always be a blessing to nature,
Love, Cheralyn xx