One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
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.