Mega Magnolias

It’s another sunny Sunday in Sydney and my friends Ben and Ang took me out to celebrate my birthday, doing my favourite things – visiting nurseries and lunching at Sprout’s.

At Four Seasons Nursery we were treated to a display of the new hybrid magnolias from New Zealand.  The flowers were bigger than our heads!  A bee was burrowing itself inside one of the blooms and after having its fill, it could hardly take off.


To show the size of those flowers Ben had to lend a hand:  this one made up for its smaller size with a richer colour:

Ang was not to be outdone and got into the act:

The large blooms reminded me of the lotus, ‘floating lotus’ Ben said and he was right.


We stopped off at Bunnings’ Hardware before lunch.  They have a nursery there too and I bought a punnet of overgrown broadbeans seedlings just for their black and white flowers. They were marked down to 20 cents!


At Sprouts I ordered the house fritters of feta, kale, chilli and mint served with a cucumber and tomato salad and a yoghurt dressing.  I loved the garnish of micro greens too.



Ang’s order was equally delicious; I know because we swapped portions of our meals :)


He had a tabbouli made with kale and quinoa served with chickpea falafel, tahini dressing and a hempseed zaatar.


Ang and I both attacked Ben’s choice of buckwheat pancakes served with cashew cream, apple and blueberry compote and sweet pistachio dukkah.


Well satiated, we had to take a walk to help settle our tummies before heading home.  Thank you, A&B for a lovely feast for all our senses.  I am fortunate to have friends like you. I should offer you a bouquet but this one is the size of a bunch of flowers :)


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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15 Responses to Mega Magnolias

  1. Jan Schaper says:

    Happy Birthday, Mary. How fortunate you are to have such attentive friends!

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Those bean flowers are indeed beautiful. And your lunches! Yum! It sounds like a great day.

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  3. Lovely post with excellent photos, Mary. I know you enjoy good food :)

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  4. angela1313 says:

    That lunch sounded marvelous. I would have liked evey dish. You photos and descriptions are better than most of the foodblogs I’ve looked at. I have to ask, where are the leaves on the magnolias? I know it’s winter, but they are blooming and most impressively, too.


  5. zdunno03 says:

    Happy Birthday, Mary. It looks like you had a lovely day.

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