Bud to Bloom

Tulip Tree “Time-lapse”

The Tulip Tree is problaby more commonly known as the Saucer Magnolia, but Tulip Tree fit better into my trio of “T” words. Plus, my mother-in-law always refers to it as such, so I like it.

This was a really good exercise in patience! These guys take their time. Not a whole lot happened before day 32. After that I ventured out more often to keep a closer eye on my “buds” I didn’t want to miss a significant growth stage!

Day 1 – February 18

As you can see–from the date above–this project took a while to come to full maturity. Fuzzy little fellas aren’t they?

Day 32 – March 21
Day 35 – March 24
Day 40 – March 29
Day 48 – April 6
Day 51 – April 9

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV)

A Simpler Contemporary Translation

God has given them a desire to know the future. He does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what He is doing.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NCV)

“Many events seem to men’s shallow judgments to be very irregular and unbecoming, as when wicked men prosper and good men are oppressed; but when men shall thoroughly understand God’s works, and the whole frame and contexture of them, and see the end of them, they will say, All things were done wisely. He hath set the world, &c. — It is true, God hath put the world into men’s hearts, or made them capable of observing all his dispensations in the world; but this is to be understood with a limitation, because there are some more mysterious works of God which no man can fully understand, because he cannot search them out from the beginning to the end.

Benson Commentary

16 thoughts on “Bud to Bloom

  1. Tina, great job! The time lapse flowering sequence is something I always wanted to do but haven’t found the patience. The saucer magnolia blossoms are beautiful, I do love spring! God’s world is a glorious place!🌺🌼


    1. Yes, spring is wonderful! It’s my favorite season. I just love seeing it all come back to life again. The Lord did not skimp on beauty. It’s glorious indeed! ☺


  2. Love seeing the progression of this tree’s flowers, never heard of one of these trees but I love the look of it!!

    Great verse and commentary to bring it together ❤️


    1. It’s a bit of heaven on earth for sure. I always love it when it’s in full bloom, and it was really neat to look at it in different stages. Now all the flowers have dropped and it’s just starting to sprout it’s leaves.


  3. Love those photos Tina. I love magnolias, or tulip trees. You know spring is here when you see them in full bloom. I have never called them tulip trees because to me a tulip tree is a very tall tree (between 70′ and 140′ tall) with the blooms near the top and almost invisible. But they are not very plentiful here as the magnolias are. And I prefer to see the profusion of blossoms, too. I have never been close to a magnolia when in bud and didn’t know they were that fuzzy. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Neither did I! It’s interesting what you can see when you look at things a little closer. I love to take pictures in macro. It causes you to look at the detail that the Lord put into everything He created. It’s amazing. I never lose the wonder even in a flower or a fuzzy bud. 😃

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      1. I love to take close-ups too. Before I got my digital camera years ago I had (and still have) a 35mm and had a set of close-up lenses for it. I haven’t used it in years now as the digital is so much easier to use and you don’t have to worry about getting film developed. But it did take excellent pictures.

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