This can be a shameless celebration. It’s largely a few explicit tree, however after 20 years of pushing exhausting for it, even lobbying two particular commissions, I’m over the moon to lastly salute the magnolia flower on my beloved state’s new flag.
I get that not everybody likes the flag; don’t wish to alienate these with sturdy different preferences. However in spite of everything, what’s a flag however colourful strings representing some trigger or one other on a stick? Might simply as simply be Granny’s knickers.
However we’re the Magnolia State, and now sport the internationally recognizable image that rivals Texans’ Lone Star and South Carolinians’ palmetto.
I’m grateful to the a whole bunch of 1000’s of parents who supported this effort, in addition to the 2 Mississippians who had essentially the most affect on the ultimate design: Rocky Vaughan, from Ackerman, and Sue Anna Joe, a Greenwood native now dwelling in San Francisco.
“The New Magnolia Flag represents the heat and energy of the nice folks of Mississippi,” Vaughn mentioned, “and exhibits the world that we’re proud to be from the Magnolia State.”
The flower design was from Sue Anna Joe, whose dad and mom immigrated from China.
“I very a lot love my house state,” she mentioned. “I grew up with a magnolia tree in my yard, so once I see it, I feel house.”
That’s vital. When my kids have been younger I had them scent issues to imprint issues deeply. Now, regardless of who or the place they find yourself, each time they encounter a magnolia flower its sweetness will evoke recollections of their childhood house.
This sense of place is vital: I’s a part of who we’re, individually and collectively. As I journey internationally, I’m usually requested the place I’m from and, once I say “Mississippi,” I get appears to be like, feedback. Many are favorable; some usually are not. I simply maintain my head up and go on, as a result of I perceive and treasure my ancestral house’s numerous folks and cultures, and the way we rejoice our good whereas engaged on the remaining. And this flag will assist.
I’ve photographed the tree throughout 5 continents; Europe’s oldest botanic backyard options an outsized magnolia flower sculpture. By the best way, magnolia is known as after Pierre Magnol, a French botany professor who died in 1715; it was he who first invented the idea of classifying plant households primarily based on combos of bodily traits.
The massive prehistoric native survived the Cretaceous Interval, outliving no matter killed the dinosaurs. Its flower, the biggest on our continent, developed earlier than bees and is of course pollinated by beetles and flies; when fermenting on the bottom, the seedpod’s protruding crimson beans have an exquisite funky aroma.
However after all, regardless of the Backyard Golf equipment of Mississippi lining eight of the most important entrances to the state with their Avenue of Magnolias, it isn’t everybody’s landscaping cup of tea. It’s a monster that gobbles up garage-size areas, with tangled, shallow roots so dense that few different vegetation can eke out a dwelling beneath its large limbs, particularly when buried below its giant, thick, waxy fallen leaves. Nevertheless, tidier, extra compact, and longer-blooming cultivars equivalent to Little Gem can be found for smaller landscapes.
Most important factor is, little this facet of roses brings extra smiles than our magnolia flower, which, like the traditional tree, doesn’t care who our mamas ‘n them are, however watches over us equally, regally, nonplussed about our shortcomings.
Wish to kindle candy endlessly recollections? Get a baby to scent a magnolia flower; for the remainder of his or her life, each you and residential might be conjured each time they see Mississippi’s Magnolia Flag.
FELDER RUSHING is a Mississippi writer, columnist, and host of the Gestalt Gardener on MPB Assume Radio. Electronic mail gardening inquiries to email@example.com.