Just another unnamed seedling, as we say here
1) Repeating plants throughout the garden – does this unify the garden? Maybe not….
2) Magnolia Burgundy Star – a useful fastigiate form and great red flowers.
3) Garden lore – a quote on colour from Edward Augustus Bowles, possibly even more relevant now than in 1914 when he wrote it. And this week’s handy hint on boiling water instead of weedkiller.
The mid season magnolias are simply magnificent. While there is an abundance of other seasonal colour in the garden – flowering cherries, spring bulbs left, right and centre, camellias, Kurume azaleas, hellebores, early rhododendrons, even humble little polys and prims – the magnolias hold centre stage. The early varieties have all been, done and gone now. The mids are at their peak, the late varieties are opening. If you have been planning a visit to see the magnolias, you might be wise not to leave it much longer past this weekend.
There is rather a lot of Iolanthe looking glorious
It is magnolia time here. All the mid season varieties are opening now, including the original Iolanthe beside our driveway. As this tree now measures over 15 metres across, there is a whole lot of Iolanthe on display. If you are planning a garden visit to see the magnolias, do not delay. Our garden is open every day. If we are not around, there is an honesty box.
1) Plant Collector this week is Corylopsis pauciflora – a dainty primrose yellow witch hazel which is but a fleeting seasonal wonder here, though delightful while it lasts.
2) Move over Martha Stewart. The new generation has come of age in the world of gardening and lifestyle. Lynda Hallinan’s book on a year of country living is a cracker.
3) Garden lore this week – a quote from Anne Raven on the frustrating nature of a day’s gardening and some advice on using wood ash as fertiliser.
4) More feeding tui, this time in Prunus Te Mara. Another brief YouTube clip.
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Magnolia Athene in our park this week
1) The yellow Camellia chrysantha – looking rather more spectacular in the photo than on the bush. Plant Collector.
2) Trees for small gardens – Abbie’s column.
3) In praise of Bok Choy (aka Pak Choi) (this weeks GIY).
4) Tikorangi Diary with effusive praise for Magnolia Iolanthe and a plaintive complaint about people who can not read the important notes on our website explaining repeatedly that we do not mailorder or courier plants.
Magnolia Iolanthe in all her magnificence this week
Tikorangi Notes: Friday 16 September, 2011
While much of the country is in the grip of rugby world cup fever (save us should the All Blacks fail to deliver the silverware. Elections have been lost on less and the country may plunge into deep depression), it is magnolia time here. I read a colleague advocating planting magnolias at the bottom of a slope so you can look down on them but I disagree. I love looking up through them from below and I prefer my magnolias displayed against a blue sky rather than framed by other greenery. With some of our trees around 60 years old now, they have considerable stature. In fact the original plant of Iolanthe has a diameter of about 10 metres – that is a lot of Iolanthe on show. The other mid season magnolias – Athene, Lotus, Milky Way, Atlas and the like- are all opening and the coming week will be one of the highlights of our gardening year.
The original Iolanthe is a wondrous sight this week
Veltheimia bracteata "Rosalba"
It is not easy to convey the full impact of the original Magnolia Iolanthe in flower. It is a wondrous event. Mind you, at about 50 years old, the canopy does measure around 10 metres across so there is rather a lot of Iolanthe to be wondrous. As somebody commented to us, what will Felix Jury be like in full flower when it achieves the same age and similar stature? Possibly even more astounding. We never tire of magnolia time here.
We advertise that we are open for plant sales on Fridays and Saturdays which means that we will definitely be here in attendance. In fact we are here most of the time and the garden is open every day (there is an honesty box if we are not around) but we just don’t guarantee our availability on other days. You can ring first to check if you want to come on other days. Details on what we have available are listed in Plant Sales. I have to comment though that despite every page on Plant Sales explaining that we do not courier or mail order plants, (sales are to personal customers only), every single day brings enquiries from people who have either failed to read that header comment or who hope that we will make an exception for them. If it was easy to pack and courier plants, we would still be doing it but it isn’t, so we don’t. End of story, I am afraid. We will however hold plants out the back while you arrange for somebody else to pick them up for you or until you can get here.
The dainty delight of the erythronium
The highly sought after lemon and pink variant of veltheimia (bracteata Rosalba) is just coming into flower but we only have a few plants left so be in quickly if you want it. We have plenty of the more common pink (bracteata). And just as a complete contrast to the opulent magnolias, we have plants of one of the daintiest and most ephemeral seasonal delights – dogs tooth violets or erythroniums. Spring here is all about the big pictures and the tiny treasures. Why would anybody want an evergreen garden which looks the same all year round?
The original Magnolia Iolanthe is a sight to behold in full bloom
There will be no updates for the next three weeks owing to the fact that I am flying to Spain and Portugal today and Mark, who remains behind here at Tikorangi, is computer illiterate. New posts are all scheduled for www.abbiejury.co.nz and will appear each Friday as usual, but linking through to each from this site was one task too many to complete before I left.
In the meantime the garden is open daily and the magnolias and spring bulbs are looking splendid. Mark will be available for plant sales on Fridays and Saturdays as usual but he is less enthusiastic at other times unless by appointment. I plan to be far away eating tapas and drinking sangria in a country I have not visited before, although the thirty six hours it takes to reach Madrid from here has to be endured first.