I have patiently waited almost a half century to see a Magnolia blooming in our garden.
In our garden
In March of 1969, we were given the keys to a council house in Aberdeen. (a time when local authority housing was not frowned upon) I mention this because it is indeed almost fifty years ago. I did plant a Magnolia in those early days (without success)
Well anyway we lived in Aberdeen for another 44 years, (not in the same house) I planted many a Magnolia and they all failed. I can’t really blame the cold Winters as Magnolia thrives in countries where it gets a lot colder than that of Aberdeen.
We lived on the outskirts of Aberdeen, the only area I ever saw a Magnolia Stellata growing well, was close to the town centre.
I never got around to planting one when we were in Cheshire. Here in Fife, at last, a Magnolia blooming.
I planted it in our front garden in March of 2017. This year I watched the buds develop in late Winter, and when I saw them develop that velvety coat I felt reasonably confident. Mid-April the first blooms opened, reaching it’s very best in late April, early May. Perhaps Stellata isn’t the most stunning of Magnolias but for me, this is one of my favourite gardening moments of all time.
Magnolia Stellata is a deciduous Spring blooming shrub with white flowers. Forms of Stellata with pink flowers are available (Magnolia Stellata Jane Platt)
Stellata with its pure white star-shaped flowers, open in April before the leaves start to show.
The mid-green leaves are lance-shaped and in late Winter the flower buds start to develop.
Stellata is fully hardy in the UK and can apparently put up with temperatures as low as -20c, avoid a windy situation.
Stellata is slow growing and ideal for the small garden.
• Position – full sun/part shade
• Soil – neutral to acid
• Pruning – little pruning is required other than removing dead or crossed over branches. (prune mid Summer)
• Flowers – white star-shaped lightly scented blooms in Spring.
• Hardiness – fully hardy
• Height – slow growing, reaching a height of about 180cm/6ft
• Common name – star magnolia
I am forever messing about with my website, I guess I have an obsession with its appearance. The grammar may not be quite up there with the best, however In spite of this, I have declined numerous requests from those wishing to add guest posts to my blog.
My latest project has been to make my page (Our plants A to Z) more user-friendly. One of the things I wanted to do was add an alphabet at the top of the page which would give a fast link to the plants under a specific letter.
I struggled with this for weeks, just couldn’t get my head around it. Finally, I decided to ask for support from WordPress.
Well, the first guy did his best to explain the procedure, the thing is he didn’t realise that he was dealing with someone of a certain age and ability. I gave up on him before he lost his rag with me. I decided I would just do without this alphabet thing. Hating to be defeated I decided to have another go with WordPress support. This time I got a guy who didn’t reply in shorthand or text talk. I mean, I was born at a time when gay meant, happy and carefree and telling someone to shut up meant nothing else.
In spite of the more engaging manner of the technician, I still struggled. Then during the night, something clicked in my head lo and behold it is now working as I had hoped for.
Take a look, the page holds so much information I fear it may be slow in opening fully. If this is the case I would really appreciate if you would let me know. (don’t click on the alphabet immediately on opening)
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