It’s time for the monthly post about my two Magnolia soulangeana, the two trees I have growing in containers on my patio. Last month, in May, the leaves had come out and the trees looked very different from April’s photos. This month the changes are more subtle.
This is the sunniest part of my garden and the plants are fighting over the space here. It has a distinctive Mediterranean feel with a palm (Phoenix canariensis), calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica), bottlebrush plant (Callistemon rigidus), bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'). There are also roses, daylilies and a dwarf lilac here and the pot on the fence is an amaryllis that is going to soak up as much sun as possible so I’ll get wonderful flowers again for Christmas.
Here they are, the tall one at the back is Magnolia soulangeana 'Heaven Scent' and the smaller one, which you can hardly see, is Magnolia soulangeana 'Red Lucky' and it is standing right in front of the tall one.
But let me show you what I have done to 'Red Lucky', the folding ruler is 180cm long and this is how tall 'Red Lucky' was, 160cm, which is 5’2”. Perhaps you remember from last month I told you that 'Red Lucky' is supposed to keep small and grow as a standard in a container and just stay small by pruning?
And this is after I have given it a good haircut - it is now 110cm tall (3’7”). This magnolia seems to grow like mad, much faster than the much larger 'Heaven Scent' – makes me wonder if I should have swapped and made 'Heaven Scent' the small standard and let 'Red Lucky' just grow as it wants!
Anyway, too late now. Here are the leaves on 'Red Lucky', they are quite large for such a relatively small plant.
And this is the leaves of 'Heaven Scent', much smaller, a different shape and with a different marking. Strange they are two trees of almost the same parenthood, just different varieties.
And do you remember the fruit cones I wondered about last month? Well, I didn’t have to worry about them, they have all fallen off and most of them are either in the pot with the magnolias or with the roses next to them. I suppose they might just fall off if they don’t start to produce any fruit – and that seems to have happened here. Maybe it will produce fruit when the magnolia is a bit older and more mature.
So that was my two magnolias in June, I am linking today’s post with Lucy at Loose and Leafy who’s hosting the ‘Tree following’ meme. If you head over to her blog you can see a lot of other trees of all sorts and shapes.
Oh, and before you go, I just have to show you the first flower of my amazing passionflower plant. Last year it started to flower in middle of July, but this year the first flowers opened this week - well over a month earlier. The flowers are high up on the south facing side, a bit difficult to take pictures of, but there must be hundreds and hundreds of flower buds, so lots more to come.
Until next time, take care.