April 29, 2009

Magnolia soulangeana - frost protected in April

When I saw for the first time a Magnolia soulangeana old tree in bloom, I have had hard time believing it is real tree and real blossom. For 2 weeks in April it is covered with big, rosy-pink, waxy-looking blooms. These are followed by handsome, shiny-green leaves.
Despite of what you may read sometimes in Internet, rosy-pink flowers of M. soulangeana are not fragrant.
Unfortunately in April there may still come freezing nights - this is what we have experienced few days ago. Frost is damaging these beautiful, tulip-looking flowers.
In order to protect it from damage, we covered the tree for 3 the nights. In the evening covering, in the morning taking off the cover. It was possible, because tree is still not large. At the age of 5-6 years, it is about 2 m tall.




Magnolia soulangeana is a gray-barked hybrid between the lily magnolia and the yulan magnolia with different flowers colors that may be white, pink, crimson, or purplish.

April 15, 2009

Spring Flower Galore - Surprise! Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day April'09

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Who is picking flowers in my garden without me? Sherlock Holmes is needed to resolve that mistery of lonely Hellebore flowers on the concrete pavement.......

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Luckily rest of them are intact and in place.... Do you think cats can do it? Probably not.... still wondering....

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We have had long winter this year - lasted untill end of March. Then one day everything has changed. Flowers appeared very fast. While crocuses are already gone long time ago, there is a lot of new ones coming...

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Erica darleyensis Kramer's Rote - all my other ericas are gone after this winter. No! There is one more, that happily survived this awfully long winter. It is Diane Hornibrook (attention --> it likes neutral soil) planted last autumn.

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Forsythia - bigger than last year in April.

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Crown imperial - Fritillaria imperialis.

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Chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-snow)

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Omphalodes. Flowers look alike, but --> this is not Forget-me-not.

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My favourite pansies - do not flower naturally in my garden so early - I bought them in full bloom.

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Primula - primrose.

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Primula denticulata, commonly known as Drumstick primrose or the Himalayan Primrose.

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Primula hortensis - primrose.

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Pulmonaria - the scientific name comes from Latin pulmo (the lung). The spotted leaves of Pulmonaria officinalis were used to treat pulmonary infections. The common name in other languages refers to lungs, as in English "lungwort" and German "Lungenkraut". In some East European languages, the common name comes from honey, i.e. Polish "miodunka".

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Pulsatilla -pasque flower, prairie crocus, wind flower, Easter Flower or meadow anemone.

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Tulipa kaufmanniana Giuseppe Verdi - the earliest flowering tulips.
Viola odorata - Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, or Garden Violet.
And for the end I saved Mrs Great Expectation - just about-sonn-very soon to bloom Magnolia.
Does Mag-nolia come from 'magnificent'?
This post is part of the tradition started by Carol of May Dreams Gardens. Every 15th of the month, garden bloggers all of the world are posting pictures of the blooms in their gardens. So if you visit May Dreams Gardens, you can check what is going on current month in the gardens all over the globe. Anyone can participate. Just make a post and drop the link under GBBD post at Carol's blog.

Recommended further reading The Flower Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition with a new foreword by Suzy Bales
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