Although the seasonal blooming period of the magnolia has passed (a month or two ago), if you're as in love with this giant creamy white bloom as much as I am, then you're in luck! Sugar magnolias are always in season, and you can find them blooming year 'round in gardens like my Etsy Sugar Flower Shop.
I don't know why I've always been so enamored by the magnolia. Maybe it was the big magnolia tree that grew in my front yard that I used to hang out on when I was a kid (and which has, alas, since been cut down. The circle of life!) Or maybe I just think they're pretty! Who knows? But I do know that I'm not the only one interested in them.
It turns out magnolias have been around for hundreds of millions of years, and they represent cultural symbolism all over the world. In North Korea, the Siebold’s magnolia is the national flower. In Missississippi the southern Magnolia is the state flower. In Russia, magnolia bark has been known to treat illness (after soaking in vodka, of course!) In ancient China, a magnolia symbolized a woman's beauty and gentleness. In the Victorian era, the magnolia represented nobility and dignity, and to this day they can be found in bridal bouquets for the same symbolic reasons!
There are over 200 species of magnolias, some are huge, some are pink, some are very fragrant. And some, if you happen to be admiring a magnolia tree in your neighborhood up close, attract a lot of bees, which are very helpful little creatures but you still might run away from them just in case they're in a stinging mood.
Magnolias have a long and interesting past, but they've always represented feminine beauty, elegance, and even nobility. It's certainly no question why they are such a lovely addition to any bridal bouquet, and yes, even wedding cake. Don't fret if magnolias are out of season (or just too darned expensive) for your wedding, though. (Not that you'd want to put fresh flowers on your wedding cake anyway. You've got to worry about pesticides and all sorts of nasty things. And if you really want to eat your magnolias, why not just pickle them?) Sugar magnolias are always in season!