The Scent of Summer

For those of you fortunate enough to have lived in the South, you know that summer is a time when we enjoy warm sun, sweet tea, and the heady scent of magnolias in the air.

I was walking along the Manchester (aka Mag) Quad on the south side of campus last weekend, and the smell of the magnolias was absolutely enchanting.  There is no other scent quite like a magnolia – it’s hard to describe in words, but you know its sweetness when you smell it.  Not overpowering, but wafting gently in the breeze, making everything smell delightful.

The old magnolias on the south quad are well loved places.  There are low-hanging branches where students can sit, or children can climb.  For those with dogs, they are a favorite spot for snuffling, with dogs sniffing and investigating the never-ending supply of leaves on the ground.  Rumor has it that back in the day, when there were much stricter rules about dating and having male callers in the dorms, the magnolias provided a place for a discreet smooch or two.

20130612magnolia3890Wish we could send you a whiff of the magnolias.  You’ll have to settle for a picture and let your mind fill in the rest of the details for you.


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