Sunday, March 25, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
The seeds are dropping today, and after a few hours the red seed heads turn black. I checked with the outside tree, and its phases look exactly like mine that lived in a vase from bud to seed. Must be self-pollinating. Only the one lone petal hanging on.
I’m thinking of making little pocket-size accordion books of the seven days of Japanese magnolia seed-profuction using color copies.
Friday, March 16, 2018
On Day 4 the seeds are taking over as the main show.
On Day 5, I realized that the stamens are on top and the seeds are at the bottom, with the seed head buried and emerging bright red. Day 6 features two seeds that have fallen onto a fallen petal.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
So I decided to draw a japanese magnolia seed factory every day for a week. On the left is day 1, the closed bud, which I picked and put in a vase with water. On the right is the newly opened bud on day 2. The business part of the flower is still tightly packed together.
On day 3 the petals are fully opened and beginning to droop. The curly stamens and multiple anthers are separating and growing. There are tiny black tips appearing on the anthers.