Umbrella magnolias grow in the southeast, including Helen Keller's home state of Alabama. They are a very striking sight in the late spring woodlands. Even now I can remember watching for them as a child, when we drove through the West Virginia woods. But what if one could not see? I'm so moved by the image I saw yesterday, of Helen Keller holding a magnolia. How can we even imagine what it would be like in a world full of wonders, but no sight, or even sound in Ms. Keller's world. Don't imagine. Try it! Close your eyes, or better, have someone blindfold you. Then have them bring a flower. Explore it however you can. Of course you will still know what you're missing. Does the dark make it less of a wonder? Or if touch and scent are your entire world, does that enhance the wonder in ways we can't pretend to experience?
Umbrella magnolia grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL(E), GA, IN(E), KY, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA(R), SC, TN, VA, and WV. Hidden Lakes Gardens, Lenawee Co MI, 5/29/13.