Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tulip Magnolia - I love to hate you

Well, the calendar says it is officially springtime, but spring sprung about 2 months ago here in NYC.  However, the large tulip magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora) in my garden bloomed at its regular time and not any earlier.  I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this tree.  As a M. liliiflora, it is a magnificent specimen.  In fact, I was quite proud when a tour bus passed by my garden today (yes, can you imagine a tour bus coming through my part of the city?)  and I saw tourists on the top open level of the bus craning to take photos of my tree. The blooms are magnificent, if a bit short lived.  The remainder of the year, it puts my garden into deep shade and my thoughts turn to which arborist I will hire to take it down.  I think I'll wait another year....










6 comments:

  1. Michael,
    It’s the age old question, “Is the shade a good thing or a bad thing?” I know that shade inhibits other plants but then again on a sunny/hot summers day a little shade in the garden is nice to have. So I guess you’ll just have to keep on loving the hateful thing, lol. – gary

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  2. Wow - incredible. I was just looking at my neighbour's 14 year old magnolia today which is just about to blossom. I told her to let me know as soon as it does so I can take some photos. It puts her small garden in shade the rest of the year too. I came to your blog through Bertie at What Ho Hidcote.

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  3. Hi Michael, your post made me laugh. I totally understand your dilemma. My garden is surrounded by the most magnificent trees, which when in leaf or in full bloom are absolutely gorgeous and a joy to behold. Come Autumn, when we are inundated with a tonne of leaves to clear (and we're still clearing them now!) I often wonder to myself weather trees are all they're cracked up to be! I'll never get rid of them of course, but the grouch in me certainly comes out at certain times of the year. Your Magnolia tree is spectacular, and I hate to say it, but worth the pain (I think) of shade! Have a great week. x

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  4. I'm interested to see what decision you take with the tree, think of all the wonderful shady lovers that you could grow if you decide not to go for the chop! I'm a sucker for Trilliums, Paris Podophyllum, the common foxglove and all those little beardy weirdy palnts that love a bit of shade.
    Paul

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  5. What a beautiful tree indeed...please don't cut it down...shade is also a good thing...I would put a swing under the tree and enjoy it too.

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  6. Thanks everyone for your comments! I don't think I would ever get rid of the magnolia tree. I would have one less thing to complain about! As much as I would love to have a full sun garden, I have come to accept the fact that I have a shade garden and I love trying to figure out how to make it interesting. So, my tulip magnolia thanks you for her concern and support!

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