|Don't you just love a Magnolia Tree in the Spring?|
So we closed on the house and within a month or two settled our tree in the front yard. Magnolia trees grow very slowly and I'm not certain how old it was when we purchased it but it was about 6 feet tall at the time. It's been in the ground here for 8 years now. It didn't bloom it's first couple of years because the children in the neighborhood would come up into our yard and steal it's leaves off! But now we have a nice picket fence and the tree has been blooming every year since. I call the blooms dinner plate size, pie plate size also comes to mind. Surprisingly my neighbor has the same exact subspecies and her tree has been in the ground for about 20 years. They are no match for the Beauties you see in Walt Disney World, but they are pretty and very Florida in their own right.
What does Spring make you want to do? Perhaps you're a Spring Cleaner? I think we all are to some extent. For me I want to root up the flower beds and plant something lovely. It's so hot here in the summer flower choices have to be carefully selected or else they wont make it through the summer, which is the case with many of the beautiful spring flowers in our nurseries right now.