Ravenna is bursting with blossoms right now. Magnolias and cherry trees and camellias are lining the streets with their purple pink and white fluff. It’s like driving through clouds. Today I found one that was so enormous I almost couldn’t believe it was really a magnolia. But it is. The Atlas. (Another moth name!) my heart! It smells so delicious and the tree looks like a big flock of doves. I found out today that Magnolia in Chinese is Mulan, like the female warrior. I love that! To me they seem to have a sultry hidden beauty, opening carefully to the world. There’s something so romantic about them.