We can get pretty extreme temperatures where I live in the Inland Northwest. I’ve seen -10 with windchill in the winter and 107 in the summer. I’ve also seen snow in June here, but that’s only happened once in my 32 years in this little town. Despite our extreme temperatures, my neighbor two doors down from us has two beautiful magnolia trees flanking her front door. These trees produce gorgeous white blooms in the summer that are most often enjoyed in the balmier regions of our fair country.

I’ve always enjoyed the beauty and fragrance of this flower and finally painted one in watercolor. I’m really pleased with the result. Now I can enjoy me a magnolia, even in sub-zero weather. I just need to figure out the scratch-and-sniff thing.

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