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I warned my magnolia....

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 431
I told my poorly-performing magnolia in the Spring that it's continued presence in my garden would depend upon it's behaviour......when I looked closely today there appeared to be about twenty buds developing. Do you think these are flower buds? And is it usual for August?


  • We have just had some cold nights so probably thinks it's winter! I have a primrose flowering today! Grape hyacinth bulbs coming up already too.

  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,193

    Probably flower buds, Berkley.  I have a Magnolia Stellata, and it is full of buds for next year's flowers. 

    Incidentally, I have spoken quite firmly to plants in the past:  ranging from the "please flower, pretty please" to the "flower or you're out of here!"  My experience is the harsher you talk to them, the quicker they respond.  (I could be a bit delusional here image but I comfort myself that I'm in good company - after all, what's good enough for Prince Charles . . . . )

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    We have a mature magnolia that has about a dozen flowers open, some years it has a 2nd flush.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I agree with shrinking Violet, last year after a very poor floral performance, I informed my red camellia that it was in last chance saloon and faced eviction. This spring I had an excellent display of flower. I have now issued a similar final warning to my goji berry.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,569

    I passed a magnolia the other day , that I thought was a Spring flowerer, it was in full bloom.image

    I have Primula viallii sending up new flower buds, double primroses in flower, and an oriental poppy in bud. Also grape hyacinths are sending up leaves.

  • I am new to gardening but I was always under the impression that magnolias flowered once a year in spring. I have a magnolia in our garden which has pink flowers and a couple of weeks ago it was in full bloom for the second te this year plus it's grown about 2ft in hight this summer alone! Any ideas why this might be?
  • They do sometimes have a second flush - it's obviously enjoyed the good summer image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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