Updated: Mar 25, 2019
Magnolias have been featured on Gardener’s World this week. 💕💕
I love this time of year and seeing all the blossom coming out, but the gorgeous magnolias are my favourite. I would love to have room for a collection like the one at Caerhays in Cornwall which was shown on the Gardener’s World, but not many people have room for a tree that can grow 15 metres high. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing my tiny magnolia bloom this year, the buds are just about to open. I was given the tree as a gift for my birthday the first year we lived in Louth and although it's very small I still get excited when I see the flowers emerging. I have a magnolia stellata, with dainty star shaped flowers that have a gorgeous scent. According to feng shui a magnolia planted in the front of the house attracts feelings of pleasure and rest so I chose to plant mine in the front garden.
The name Magnolia Therapies didn't come into being simply because it’s my favourite tree. When we were in the preparing to move to Lincolnshire I kept dreaming about magnolia blossoms and the dreams were so vivid that I had to research the symbolism. Apparently to dream about magnolia flowers represents happiness, joy and peace.
The magnolia tree is an ancient flowering plant with fossil specimen dating back 20 million years. In China the magnolia (mu'lan' hua) is very special and the bark of the tree has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. The flowers symbolise femininity, beauty, strength, dignity and loyalty. The name mu'lan' is also associated with the warrior maiden made famous in modern times by Disney in the film Mulan.
All of this symbolism inspired me to use it as a name for my therapy business because I see the strength and beauty in all of my clients and I like to help them see it as well. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring blossoms everywhere, especially the magnolias.