Jon Crispin's Notebook

Spring in Bishop’s Park London

Posted in Cities, Flowers, Nature, Travel, Trees, Weather by joncrispin on 17/03/2012

Peter and I are off to the Cottage for the match between Fulham and Swansea.  He’ll be talking to supporters about his project and we’ll see the game.  We will walk through Bishop’s park again to get to the ground.  It is a bit rainy this morning and not quite as nice as on Thursday when I took this shot.  Spring has come a bit early here this year and the trees are really coming out.  Can anyone tell me to what tree these buds belong?

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  1. Susan Park said, on 17/03/2012 at 6:12 am

    I think they might be Magnolia buds… Whatever they are they are certainly beautiful! (Thanks for sharing)

  2. Jennifer said, on 17/03/2012 at 6:23 am

    They are Japanese Magnolia buds. They were my favorite tree growing up in Louisiana. But, as a kid, we called them “Tulip trees” because when they bloom the tree looks to be decorated with purple and white tulips.

  3. Toby Dorr said, on 17/03/2012 at 9:26 am


  4. Edna Porter said, on 17/03/2012 at 9:42 am

    We also called them tulip trees when I was in grade school. Later I found out they belong to the magnolia family.

  5. charlotte cooperstein said, on 17/03/2012 at 6:35 pm

    Yes beautiful tulip tree buds. Thanks for this pretty sight.

  6. mimitabby said, on 19/03/2012 at 8:59 am

    Sensational magnolia buds!!

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  7. thebestkatiejones said, on 19/03/2012 at 10:53 am

    I’ve always heard them called “Tulip magnolias”.

  8. Barbara S. said, on 19/03/2012 at 3:34 pm

    After reading all the comments..I am just adding my comment…yes, it looks like a magnolia. We have magnolia trees here in New Zealand. I wonder if the seed was brought from England…then again, was it a native of England? Does anyone know? Being from a “southern state” in the USA where the magnolias grow, I always wondered where the trees came from…England to USA? USA to England? Or maybe neither one or both? Beautiful trees

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