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suzyw

In Stirlingshire with an often challenging north facing back garden and a small front garden. Gardening for wildlife 🐦 🐝 🕷 🐞

Magnolia stellata

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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suzyw

#advice This is my star magnolia exactly a year ago. This year it’s skipped the flowers and gone straight to foliage. Could the dry summer last year have caused this? I’m so disappointed 😔

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jaynehynesburton

I remember @rachelbrooks talking about these, I'm sure she said it was winter they needed to get lots of water

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suzyw

This photo was only weeks after The Beast from the East hit, I think it lulled me into a false sense of security, maybe the damp winter helped it after all. I’ll need to be a bit more vigilant with the watering this year @jaynehynesburton

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jaynehynesburton

See what Rachel says, I think you could be right

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awomanonabike

Thanks for posting this Suzanne. Mine just had three flowers and it’s in a pot. I was wondering what I needed to do to encourage more flowers 🤔 Over to our resident expert @rachelbrooks

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rachelbrooks

Oh how disappointing 😕 Just looked back to see how long you’ve had it, as I wondered if it was new last year and therefore just throwing a strop which they are prone to to begin with. But it’s been in a while 😏 normally the frost can damage any forming buds, or pruning at the wrong time. Other than that, the soil needs to be moist and acid based and a good mulch applied. Hopefully it’s just a blip and will resume flowering next year 🤞🏼

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rachelbrooks

Oops we crossed in the post Jacq! 👆🏼 @awomanonabike

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juliesgarden

Keep them moist Suzy , mine have always flowered profusely and both are in pots , one pink one white 👍🏻

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suzyw

I moved it after the first year but it’s been fine in that spot for two years. It gets at least 5 hours sun and that part of the garden is quite sheltered from frost, so it must have been the dry summer and winter. Thanks for the help, I’ve decided to visit the garden centre to lift my spirits 😉 @rachelbrooks

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suzyw

I think we’ve underestimated how dry the gardens were last summer, we’re just not used to it @awomanonabike

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suzyw

Thanks Julie, I won’t make that mistake again. I didn’t get the chance to enjoy it last year, so I was pretty excited about it, oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️ @juliesgarden

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rachelbrooks

That’s always a good plan! 😉 I’m sure it’ll be fine next year 👍🏼

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2017
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drumadixit

Great photo

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pauline33

Beautiful sunshine 🤗🤗🌞💕

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suzyw

A full two days of it @pauline33 I could get used to it 😉

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rachelbrooks

Beautiful 👌🏼💙

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jacq1075

This is a beautiful photo.....can imagine it in a frame! 😍

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suzyw

Thanks Jacqueline 🙂 It was worth squeezing myself into a corner and lying in the dirt for 😉@jacq1075

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jacq1075

😂😂😂what we do for a good shot eh?

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suzyw

@jacq1075 So true. What my neighbours think, I don't know 😊

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suzyw

I'm in love with this ❤️

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ukjohnny

.fantastic... AGM plant

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lisa868

Beautiful!

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gjones

Very pretty

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suzyw

@ukjohnny Had to google AGM. It's an education on here 😄

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ukjohnny

..the Award of garden merit ...issued by the RHS to only the best plants to grow in our gardens... also fondly known as a "plant Oscar"

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rachelbrooks

Aren't they just wonderful?! 🤗

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suzyw

Every time I look at this I feel like it should be accompanied by a drum roll. Some of the buds are starting to break 👍🏻

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purplebird

Yeah, now I'm waiting too!🤗

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suzyw

@purplebird All it needed was a couple of days sunshine to move it on a bit. Exciting!

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columbiariver

I agree. The anticipation is real.

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suzyw

@columbiariver If this is the level of excitement over a bud, I can only imagine what I'll be like when I see a flower 🙃

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columbiariver

It will be grand Suzy! I'm waiting on stellata Rosa. I think yours are ahead of mine.

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rachelbrooks

But it'll be so worth it! 👌🏼✨

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suzyw

@columbiariver The garden centre should really get the credit for that 🙂 I just bought it a few weeks ago. Apparently the star magnolias are the best for part shade. I hope so!

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suzyw

@rachelbrooks If it flowers when there's a frost due, I'll be out there wrapping it in a duvet cover.

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columbiariver

Mine has done well in shade for many years.

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rachelbrooks

And a hot water bottle! 🙈👍🏼😂

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suzyw

@rachelbrooks 😂😂 If it calls for it......

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2017
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suzyw

I've taken a gardening risk by buying myself a Magnolia. Apparently the best one for north facing gardens. It's in the corner that gets the most sun. Fingers crossed it's happy there 🤞🏼🙂 Just wondering how long it'll take my other half to notice it.

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greenfinger14

That will be lovely and as for other halves noticing .. they don't 😉👍😊

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suzyw

@greenfinger14 It took about 30 seconds. I'm amazed 😃😂

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brightcolours

#magnolia #magnoliastellata #buds

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brightcolours

Lots of buds!

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ukjohnny

..brilliant buy.. top plants Magnolias

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greenfinger14

Wow he noticed !! 😂😊

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juliesgarden

Love mine, good choice 👍

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rachelbrooks

Lovely - love the furry buds 💚 but why is it a risk Suzy? 🤔

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suzyw

@rachelbrooks There's a bit of a problem with it being damp. I did have a Kilmarnock Willow there and it ended up with what I think was powdery mildew. Then I tried a Lilac but had to move that to the front garden as it looked like the same thing was going to happen. I've put drainage in before planting the Magnolia and I'll just need to keep on top of spraying the leaves with a milk and water mix. On the plus side, on sunny days it gets at least 5 hours and is quite sheltered from frost.

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rachelbrooks

Oh I see! I thought you meant they were a risky tree! 🙈 that's a shame about the willow and the lilac 😔 hopefully this will fare much better especially as you've prepared the ground 🤞🏼👍🏼

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pauline33

Fab plant I have one and does really well 👍hopefully yours will be the same ❤️

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