Magnolia Blooming, Spring Approaches the Lakeside
Gone is the winter, and spring returns.
Wielding its brush by the Jinji Lake, it colors the lakefront with the most stunning palette.
In warm sunlight, magnolia buds open up into full blossom.
By the "Little Bird's Nest" -- the Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre,
Magnolias stretch their twigs above the lake, all laden with sweet flowers.
Their flowering season is usually from February to March,
And will bloom again in July till September.
In glistening white, they are the eye-feast in spring,
And their sweet fragrance, is the soul smell of spring.
Gently kissed by the balmy breeze, the bloom dance in beauty,
Giving out waves of fragrance.
Feng Zikai used to say that,
Spring is the most pleasant season of the year.
Should you ask what spring is like,
It would be just enough for you,
To admire the magnolia tree in full bloom,
For spring indulges all her passions
To decorate the blooming magnolia.
Early came the spring this year,
The blooming time of magnolia also arrived ahead of time.
In the bright spring days,
Why not join me to visit Jinji Lake and admire the spring splendor?
Bloomy spring, gorgeous colors everywhere, they are there, waiting.
All around the Culture and Arts Centre, down the Jinji Lake Bridge, by the Camphor Tree Garden,
Magnolias are the rule.
Sweet, O Sweet Jinji Lake!
Such splendor in early spring won't fail you.
Why not join me,
Let’s meet at the lakeside of Jinji Lake!