The majestic Magnolia trees are blooming now, and they are a sight to behold. The blooms alone are bigger than a dinner plate. There are over 80 different kinds of Magnolia, which were named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol. They don't have nectar, instead they emit huge amounts of pollen, which is super rich in protein for the insects. Magnolias are the most ancient of all flowering plants. They actually grew during the time of dinosaurs, and fossils of them have been found in rocks that are 100 million years old. A 2,000 year old seed was found in Japan and planted. It grew. An ancient plant in a modern world. I would love to see it.
“But you, Bethlehem, David's country, the runt of the litter— From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He'll be no upstart, no pretender. His family tree is ancient and distinguished.”