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Magnolias and a dwarf gem.

09 March 2017 19:02:04

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The last couple of days have been lovely and a welcome improvement on the past month and it has encouraged two of the Magnolias to start flowering.

The first photo is of one of the flowers on one of my M.soulangeanas and the second is of one of the flowers of M.stellata. They will both be at their best in a few weeks. Magnolias are another genus that I have a love affair with.

The third shot is of an opening flower bud on the dwarf, spreading species Rhododendron, R.cephalanthum crebreflorum. This has Daphne like flowers and is a little gem. I will post about it again when the flowers are open.


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 March 2017 19:51:50

Gosh, your 'Stellata' is open early.


accsean accsean 09 March 2017 20:00:56

Thanks Jacinta, I hope it's not getting ahead of itself. Frost free nights and it will be fine.


Jackie Jackie 09 March 2017 20:19:44

Beautiful as ever Sean. My Stellata is only in bud yet, not a sign of a flower I would say for quite a while!


Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 09 March 2017 20:28:58

All so beautiful, ill look forward to seeing the tree in full bloom


accsean accsean 09 March 2017 20:32:40

Thanks Jackie and Jacky. I will post more photos when they are in full bloom.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 March 2017 20:39:35

I also love Magnolias and they are very early this year. Magnolia 'Leonard Messell' is fully open for us at present, very early.  The rhododendron sounds very interesting and looking forward to seeing more.


fraoch fraoch 09 March 2017 21:43:45

They're beautiful, Seán.


roofy roofy 09 March 2017 21:44:11

Gidday Sean,lookin forward to seeing them in full bloom.


accsean accsean 09 March 2017 22:46:29

Thanks Mary, a lot of shrubs and tress are early. My R.shamrock will have flowers for St Patricks Day which is unusual. Your M. 'Leonard Messell' must be looking great.

Thanks Fraoch and Roofy.


Fleurette Fleurette 09 March 2017 23:01:29

Lovely magnolia Soulangeana flower and I love Stellata.  The buds on my Soulangena are  still green. Very interested in the dwarf spreading rhodo with extremely long name!  

I recently have noticed quite a difference in flowering time on plants in Moya's garden and mine, although we are roughly on the same latitude, but I get the East winds coming in off the shore, and yet she gets frost, and I only suffer from the "frosting -dessicating" caused by said cold East winds.  Then by the Summer, the situation could be reversed.  But the differences are very plant subjective.  


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 March 2017 23:43:54

Sean, just had a look at that rhododendron on the Glendoick site. It looks great and only a foot after ten years, a real choice plant.


Fleurette Fleurette 10 March 2017 09:11:08

Ah ha!  Perhaps one to look for when I visit Glendoick in July with Maghera Gardening Group.  I was last there ... in ....1991


accsean accsean 10 March 2017 11:06:21

Thanks Fleurette and thanks again Mary.


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