The magnolia tree has limbs which touch the ground, otherwise I would not have been able to get a picture of the flower.
Another feature of the square is the collection of crape myrtles. (Yes, I spelled that right. Look it up.) There seem to be two schools of thought regarding the pruning of crape myrtles. One is that pruning is unnecessary (Richard adheres to this school). The other school condones this:
Complete decapitation. Coworker Keisha and I were both horrified when the gardeners did this early this year. However, they are growing leaves now. This is much better:
Before too long they will be all leafy and blooming.
I'm reading another book: Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. This is another of the Martin Beck series, which is set in Sweden, mainly in Stockholm. Actually, this is the first of the Martin Beck series. I've read The Laughing Policeman by the same authors. Martin Beck is a bleak character. He's depressed and unhappy in his marriage, but he's tenacious when trying to solve a murder. The victim in this novel is an American tourist from Lincoln, Nebraska (a nymphomaniac librarian, of all things). She's dredged up from a canal, and so far they are going on the assumption that she was killed and tossed off a tour boat. They have to search all over Europe and America to contact all the other passengers and crew from the boat. As in any good mystery, they're hitting roadblocks at every turn, so we'll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.I'll leave you with this nice photo of an Australian rain forest. This is another of Richard's pictures from his trip.