Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Magnolia grandiflora

This is one of my favourite flowers, ever since I lived in a house where one had been planted in the garden some years ago.  This is the same cultivar as the one that I remember...  "Little Gem" and it grows into a small tree....  unlike the traditional variety which can be many metres tall, with flower out of sight!
This is the fourth flower on this tiny tree since I got it for Christmas.  The perfume is beautiful, and reminds me of citronella.
I have tried to grow a tree like this previously here,  in Kapunda,  but I planted it in the summer and it didn't survive.  This one will remain in the verandah, in its big pot,  until the rain comes next winter.

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