Friday, February 10, 2012

Magnolia zenii, we suspect.

These flowers are from a plant from seeds that were collected on Carole Bordelon's NACPEC collecting trip. Now that it's flowering size we are going to confirm it's identity. Pat brought this branch in and I photographed it during a staff meeting. The first background is a stainless steel table. I like it for its interesting reflections. Pat suggested a black background and It really works better. He ought to know; he's done hundreds of photographs of the magnolias in the Holly Magnolia Collection.

While the temperatures this weekend won't hurt most of the prematurely flowering plants, if they really do get into the teens, they'll just trash any unfolding magnolia buds or open flowers.


College Gardener said...

Regardless of its botanical identity it is beautiful. Is it supposed to flower very early or is this just a consequence of the mild winter?

Landbohaven said...

Hvor er den smuk.
Tak for kigget.

ChrisU said...

It always flowers early but, this year, like so many other plants, it's "earlier".