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Magnolias (Can’t Be Real)

By April 25, 2014 No Comments

Sometimes I look at a flowering magnolia and can’t believe it is hardy enough to grow here.  I mean really, something that beautiful can grow…here!  As a kid the neighbor lady down the road had an old saucer magnolia; the magnolia the average customer refers to in description (“ya know- the tulip tree”), that magnolia marked spring for us neighborhood kids.  It meant little league, riding your bike and late nights. The tree marked an end to winter.

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Flash forward a few decades and armed with solid horticultural advice, I never hesitate to recommend the tree.  From small, little ornamental shrub-like magnolias to something that can become a huge shade tree, magnolias are up to the task.

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I still dearly love to see a magnolia flowering in spring.  There are a few trees I can honestly say that to witness them in their prime, in their season and all their grandeur is to see heaven on earth.  Magnolia is on that list.  Joel

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