So often the buds of flowers soon to bloom are every bit as beautiful as the actual flower. Hope others will take note and share. Today,this Japanese Magnolia caught my eye. In another month will be blooming and I will post in that thread.
There is something in bud in one of the back courtyards of the nursing home. It is one of those trees that bursts into flower in early spring before it has any leaves on it, and it gets leaves only once all of the blossoms have fallen.
I don't think it's a tulip tree but that's sort of what the flowers are like.
I can't wait to see K. Tulip poplars were very much in evidence here but we lost many,many to Katrina. They get to be quite large. I've toyed with planting one in the front as they are deciduous and I'm looking for a fast growing deciduous other than a sycamore They are also the larval plant for the Tiger swallowtail butterfly.(we noticed their absence during our metro butterfly count).
I'm sure it's a magnolia (didn't know they were called Japanese). There are loads of them all over France. The one in my neighbour's garden also had buds, but right now there is snow on them -- I don't know how that will affect its blooming.
Did you do anything to your clivia to get it to bloom, Bixa? I bought one last year as a houseplant. I haven't been watering it for the past month, as I read on a website it's the way to get them to bloom, but so far there doesn't seem to be any result. Do they need fertilizer?
Bjd, where I'm from, "magnolia" always means Magnolia grandiflora. Thus, the other cultivated magnolias are called Japanese magnolias. I guess from your comment that those are known simply as magnolias elsewhere, correct?
The clivia must thrive on abuse, and I think also follows an internal calendar. I got mine years ago from a friend who found it growing in deep dry shade in the garden of the house she'd just rented. I've had it in & out of pots or in the ground as I've moved. My guess is that it likes tight feet and drying out between waterings. I don't think I've ever fertilized it. My suspicion is that it blooms for me because the yearly cycle here and the cool nights and mornings mimic its native land. Looking online, someone in Indiana says his bloom around Christmas. Since that's when mine bloom in a radically different climate, it corroborates my belief they bloom on their own schedule. Try this website. It says that clivias must be mature to bloom, and gives good straightforward care directions.
(And you reminded me that I have a photo of it in bloom now. I'll go post it on "What's in Bloom")
I looked further and found this link about clivia care. It seems that the reduced watering should be accompanied by lower temperatures. That link provided the answer to a question I had -- about why the flower stalk does not always elongate.
It sure looks like it K,but, the buds look a tiny bit smaller than the ones I posted earlier in this thread...and not quite as 'fuzzy'. I'll be anxious to see them in full bloom. I need to go photo mine again,and compare more closely.
They're undoubtedly two different varieties. I used to pore over the Japanese magnolia offerings in the Wayside catalog. There was an Elizabeth somebodyorother that was the most beautiful yellow. NO Japanese magnolias here, and very very few M. grandiflora.
Spindrift, camellias seem to do that. Look closely at the bud on the right side of Casimira's picture and you'll see brown splotches. Remember that she reported a recent freeze. Also note that the opening bloom is quite perfect. My grandmother's yard was full of camellias, and they generally open with any splotches underneath where they can't be seen.
Kerouac, your mother's tree might be more on the normal schedule of a Japanese magnolia than Casimira's, because the climate may be closer to that of its home.
Here are some buds from my yard yesterday. Nothing to write home about, but hints of spring, nonetheless.
Forget-me-not. I encourage these, but have a feeling they'll try to take over one day.
A feverfew in bud and flower. Anyone have hints on taking pictures of white flowers in full sun? The fuchsia is thinking about blooming.
A kind of pelargonium I've only seen in Mexico, although it may be available elsewhere now. I'm always intrigued by the downturned perlargonium buds.