Monday, April 2

Just for Bren!

In a comment Bren over in Nova Scotia (hope you liked our UK Scotia photos Bren!) made of my post about the shrubs that were flowering in my garden she asked me to post some photos of the magnolia when it was fully in flower so just for you Bren. (If anyone else would like to look too feel free - I'm sure Bren won't mind!)
I'm afraid it was probably at it's very best whilst we were on holiday! The blue sky sets the flowers off really well
Some petals are already carpeting the ground beneath the tree.
The leaf buds are starting to open
And below is a view from one of our bedroom windows.
And from the room that I iron in - when I really have to!
I can watch the birds hopping around in the branches whilst I carry out one of my least favourite chores.

Over twenty years ago when we had our extension built and the magnolia was a shrub it suffered quite a battering and we thought that we would probably lose it. Instead the battering meant that instead on a bush we ended up with a large sort of bonsai shape. We do need to cut back the branches occasionally  to reduce the spread and give the plants growing underneath the canopy a chance.

And what is more it has a daughter growing in my sister's garden. When it was damaged I decided to try  take some cuttings - apparently according to our local gardening expert this is impossible so I wonder how I managed to succeed? My sister's tree recently had to be severely pruned as it was affecting her house guttering. She was upset about this but the good news is that it is now reshooting although flowerless this year.

If there aren't enough photos here Bren then there are more on my website here

18 comments:

  1. They are simply beautiful when flowering aren't they?

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    1. They are Liz - just wish it wasn't all over so quickly!

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  2. Well my goodness...just for me (blush)))). No I don't mind sharing the photos with others as who could keep such a thing of beauty for one's own eyes. Truly magnificent Sue, how lucky you are to have it so close to the windows, and really, I love the bonsai shape of it. But what a beauty, no doubt about that! Have three planted last year...two twigs and one rather shrubby now but I live in hopes of seeing blooms someday! Thank you for your kindness.

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    1. My pleasure Bren! I hope you twigs will flourish and become lovely trees. I guess it is one advantage of staying in the same house for years!

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  3. That is a very impressive tree! If only the flowering season were a bit longer...

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    1. That's the only problem Mark and the windy conditions forecast will accelerate petal drop!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for insisting on pictures Brenda!!!

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    1. Hi Erin, We look forward to the flowers each year it never seems to fail us! Oh dear why do I say that!!

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  5. Just look at the beautiful plant! Full of flowers! Awesome!
    Magnolia from cutting? That's great news!

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    1. Must admit, Malar, I was surprised when I was told it was impossible - maybe I was just lucky. It just shows anything is worth trying!

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  6. Hello again Sue, got a two for one here! My blog hopping has been slow of late so I followed your link to Bren to find the Diane witchhazel – I love that one too – thanks :-)

    It’s nice to share plants for visitors to enjoy. I love that Magnolia you have there! I had a smaller variety once but it didn’t survive a move I gave it.

    I also like the way you have been pruning this plant. Yes, I know through necessity but having a small garden I’ll remove branches like this too and the bonus is the shape you are left with.

    I smiled when I spotted your bird feeders, bird table and nestbox terrace too – I do enjoy the longer views of gardens. Maybe I could request more views please?

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    1. I often take out the bottom branches of shrubs too to lift their skirts as Alan Titchmarsh used to say.

      There's a second terrace behind the magnolia and the web cam is on the corner of the house just off the photo. This is a new wired one as we found the wireless link a bit shaky. Still have the wireless one elsewhere in the garden though.

      I will try for some longer shots although our garden isn't very big either and at the moment much of it is a picture of devastation as we are 'redoing' most of it

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  7. Magnolias sure are a glorious flower to see. Our garden isn't big enough to have one really but I love to see them when out walking. Yours is wonderful....I bet it make the ironing so much easier when you have such a beautiful view!!

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    1. It does make ironing easier Tanya only I seem to have missed out this year what with our week away and now the snow has spoiled most of the blooms - I managed a photo just in time!

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  8. Lovely photo's Sue! I'm jealous to see the blue sky you have behind those perfect blooms, it's been raining cats and dogs here. You have a beautiful tree! Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Don't be too envious Jenni - we had snow yesterday and now the poor magnolia is looking so bedraggled!

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