Green Thumb Sunday: This year, the magnolia’s blooming right on time…

This year, the magnolia\'s blooming right on time...

…and after last year, that thrills me more than I can say. Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

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14 Responses to “Green Thumb Sunday: This year, the magnolia’s blooming right on time…”


  1. 1 wiseacre April 20, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I’ve always wished Magnolias would grow here. Visiting blogs often “hurts” when I find photos of plants that I know I just can’t grow. Our winters are just a bit too cold for such beauties.

    On the bright side – I have pleanty of stone that I can outwit and capture. Once plced in the garden they need no special attention or protection from the cold.

  2. 2 Hootin' Anni April 20, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I can’t wait to see these in full bloom!

    My Green Thumb Photo is shared, I hope you can drop by. Have a great Sunday.

  3. 3 Heather's Garden April 20, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The magnolias blooming are one of my favorite signs that spring is upon us. I’m so excited to see yours blooming on time, but it also reminded me that I’ve been reading your blog for a year — that went fast!

  4. 4 Aiyana April 20, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Just beautiful. Will they flowers be a deep pink like the buds? Happy GTS,
    Aiyana

  5. 5 Billy Goodnick April 20, 2008 at 11:33 am

    This is one of my all-time favorite plants. I’m so glad that it performs so well even down here in SoCal. Ours have finished blooming – usually start in Jamuary.

    Good shot!

  6. 6 Mark April 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

    It does seem a good year for them, everywhere I go they are putting on a beautiful display.

  7. 7 katie April 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    It’s going to be gorgeous! I have a little magnolia tree in my herb garden, not as tall as me yet… But I have great hope! And it does get lovely blooms!

  8. 8 PrairieRobin April 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Eureka! It looks like spring has arrived! I’ve checked the beds and everything is coming up – hostas, coreopsis, geranium, Siberian Iris. I got really brave and dug up the peony shoots that were just breaking ground and moved them to another bed. Last year’s October flood ruined their previous home and, besides, I wanted them in the front of the house where I could enjoy them.

    I’m itching to visit a nice garden center/greenhouse. Can anyone recommend one not too far from Manchester IA? I’ll drive a good distance for nice plants.

  9. 9 teresa April 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    It looks like Seattle is only a week or 2 ahead of Iowa in the Magnolia blossom department. Aren’t they awesome. They rival rhodedendrons in their gaudy, show girl blooms of gargantuan size. I just love to see bees doing their pollen collection from the magnificent blooms of Magnolias!

  10. 10 inadvertentgardener April 20, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Wiseacre, but you guys have those great temps in summer — the warm-but-not-too-hot days and the cool nights. I love summers up your way! And you get the gorgeous weeping willows…

    Hootin’ Anni, stay tuned — next week’s shot is going to give a little more of the “reveal.”

    Heather, has it already been a year? That’s amazing!

    Aiyana, I’ll have a picture of the open blooms next week — they range from deep pink to white.

    Billy Goodnick, yeah, you definitely have an earlier bloom cycle in SoCal than we do in Iowa!

    Mark, after last year, I think everyone’s overdue.

    Katie, I’m sure it’ll grow before you know it. Are you going to post some pics of the blooms?

    PrairieRobin, I’m hoping someone will come through for you with some ideas. I don’t even know for sure what the good garden centers are in Cedar Rapids — I know there’s Culver’s, which is the behemoth in town, but I don’t have any idea how their prices are or anything like that. I hope the peonies thrive in their new home!

    Teresa, they definitely rival rhododendrons — they’re amazing. I just wish they lasted a bit longer once they actually open up.

  11. 11 wiseacre April 21, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Small world – it was a surprise to learn your dad was born in Canton. Who knows – I might have been in his old backyard by now.

    Our summers have been pretty hot the last 6 – 8 years. It used to be only a couple of night during the summer where it was to hot to sleep. Now it seems every night starting in June is. I never thought I’d conside buying an air conditioner but this may be the year.

    The weeping willows are gorgeous but I wouldn’t want one close to the house – they make such a mess.

  12. 12 inadvertentgardener April 22, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Wiseacre, his farm when he grew up was out by the old beer plant off Route 11, outside of town. Sorry to hear the summer nights are getting hot — that coolness was one of my favorite things about summer there. Climate change…aack…

  13. 13 cinchmisner July 14, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Can anyone tell me if it is unusual for a magnolia tree to bloom twice in one year? We just bought a new home with a large tree. It bloomed to the max (beautiful) in early May. Here it is, mid-July, and it is covered with buds that have begun to open again. We live in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area

  14. 14 inadvertentgardener July 16, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Cinchmisner, I’m not sure if it’s unusual or not, but it won’t do any harm, so I’d just say enjoy the extra show!


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