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March Monthly Inspiration
News and Gardening Tips
Spring has sprung and MAGNOLIA MANIA is upon us here in Cornwall. Rather early this year but still shaping into an amazing spectacle. The range of flower colours and flower shapes is varied and breath-taking. No words can adequately describe the colours which you see in:
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ – a very dark red fading to reddish purple.
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ – a truly dark purple in bud fading as the buds open, and our inspiration banner.
Magnolia ‘Plum Pudding’ – a name which more than adequately describes the flower shape and colour.
All three of these magnolias are featured in my vlog from last week about the RHS colour chart.
Last March The Beast from The East froze and blew all these wonders away. This year the gardens at Burncoose and Caerhays have seldom put on a better show. Yes there are huge magnolia trees here growing up to 100ft tall but there are also many smaller growing varieties which are completely suitable for gardeners with more limited space.
Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ and Magnolia ‘Genie’ which flower from about 3ft in height and only at present seem to grow to around 10ft with us are on the point of opening as March begins. Magnolias are not just for large woodland gardens. Do browse our website to view hundreds of magnolia choices.
Elsewhere in the garden here the ever popular Corylopsis pauciflora is just coming out and Pieris ‘Valley Valentine’ is showing off its huge clusters of pinkish-purple flowers and the early Rhododendron ‘Ostara’ is making a big impact.
Time to think about a gardening weekend in Cornwall to see all this for yourself before Easter?