Magnificent Magnolia

It’s officially Spring with todays equinox!

Credit to the swathes of daffodils, celandine & wood anemone defying the current biblical rains to continue their sunny smiles – they’ve kept us going more than they could ever know!  Being a Cornishman though, one of my ultimate rainy day pick-me-ups is seeing a certain this prehistoric flower shrugging off it’s furry jacket to reveal dinner plate sized blooms.  What am I talking about!?   It’s the magnificent Magnolia of course! 

  I was fortunate enough to volunteer in a garden estate called Trewithen alongside some  champion trees – the biggest in Britain.  Closer to home, we went to Lismore at the weekend, stepping out of the car to see the most enormous Magnolia tree towering above the Castle walls – enjoy a flavour in these photos!    In West Cork – Bantry House has some lovely ones in bloom right now & just over the border into Kerry –  Derreen Gardens some stunning specimens too but for a real Magnolia bonanza Lismore Castle Gardens is the place to go if you get a chance but you’ll need to be quick!


 If you’d like to add a Magnolia to your own garden, go for a smaller variety such as Magnolia soulangeana which grows to relatively compact at 6 x 6m.  It also happens to be one famed for its edible blooms that taste of ginger!  Pickle the blooms or use the Summer flowering evergreen form to make a condiment.   For more info on edible Magnolia & using the blooms click here.  We’ve planted seven Magnolia in The Garden of Re-Imagination in recent years & will be giving you the chance to enjoy their distinct flavour as soon as they’re big enough to start picking from.
 
Here’s to magnificent Magnolia!

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