Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Vignette, tribute to the many faces of my Magnolia macrophylla flowers

This has been a VERY florific year for the Magnolia macrophylla, nearly every branch had a bud at the end, I've been enjoying the show for almost a month. For my WV this week I thought I'd share various stages of the flowers opening. I wish you could smell the fragrance, and see the size of these huge flowers, some of which measure 19" wide when fully open...









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23 comments:

  1. Those are majestic blooms; it's a little hard to imagine at 19" wide! White isn't an easy color to photograph but your shots are a beauty.

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  2. I've been looking for flowers on my Ashe bigleaf Magnolia, but so far there is no sign. It seems to be growing very slowly too. Maybe I need to give it a boost of organic fertilizer or compost.

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    1. Clifford was in the ground for 4 years before we got our first bloom. I read the other day on plantlust.com that Avant Gardens says they "may take up to 15 years to flower"...

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  3. AnonymousJune 13, 2018

    Don't you just wish someone would develop a scratch and sniff blog function. Gorgeous flowers!

    Anna

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  4. One of my favorite trees! I've been enjoying the fragrance and magnificent blooms on my own tree. Great pictures!

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    1. It just amazes me that you've got a hell strip wide enough to plant this tree.

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  5. A 19" blossom and fragrant... WOW

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  6. It's wonderful that you can get close enough to get great shots. I've got a grandiflora and most of the flowers are so high, I can't get good photos of them. I need a drone...

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    1. It helps that I haven't let Andrew prune the lowest branches yet...

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  7. 19 inches, wow! That must be a sight (and scent) to behold. The petals look thick and velvety.

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    1. They are, and a little leathery too.

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  8. Love watching the whole life cycle. What a gorgeous flower.

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  9. Oh my goodness: lucky you! I really enjoyed this series. That fifth photo down, with the bloom framed by the foliage, is stunning! Great choice for vignettes.

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  10. 19"! Amazing. That first photo gives me the most hint of that, for some reason. I wish I could smell the fragrance too. :)

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    1. I'd invite you over, but the show is pretty much done for the season. Next year!

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    2. Do the petals fall cleanly off when they age? I used to have an M. macrophylla in a pot--LOVED it. Never saw the monster blooms...so I'm curious.

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    3. Yep. Well, they fall to the ground. Sadly they don't clean themselves up.

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  11. Spectacular! My tree is still in its infancy. I am so looking forward to it blooming.

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  12. Stacey StewartJune 14, 2018

    Where can I find one of these?!? Actually wondering about Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei.

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