The perfection of Magnolia blooms

When I was growing up in England I was aware of magnolias as most towns had gardens with towering trees filled in spring with glorious light pink Magnolia blooms. It wasn’t until this last year that I realized what a huge variety of Magnolia trees were available. I think that this is partly the fault of garden centres that generally only stock a couple of options, namely the soulangiana and the stellata. However, there are around 400 varieties of Magnolias from different parts of our wonderfully diverse planet.

There is a type of magnolia available for every size of garden but it is worth doing some online research before you buy, considerations are:

  • Hardiness
  • Eventual size of tree
  • Number of years before the tree will produce it’s first flowers
  • the colour of the flowers

There is a fantastic specialist nursery on the edge of Lake Maggiore in Switzerland .  If you can, visit them in March when the magnolias are flowering.

The images in this post were taken last year in the Eisenhut park.

Moosbach Winter Wonderland



Winter has come a little early this year as you can see from the pictures above.

There’s not much gardening going on to be honest but it is very beautiful, if somewhat cold.   I’m more of a spring and summer kind of person and currently the similarities between myself and the Grinch are uncanny! However, for all of you lovers of winter and Christmas I send you seasons greetings!

As soon as the snow is gone I will return with a post on splitting phlox plants, I was hoping to do this sometime this week but mother nature had other ideas.  #Life Lessons #Gardening is humbling.

Have a great weekend.  Happy thinking about gardening!!