Isolated showers were in the weather prediction for today. We really need some rain since we haven’t had a drop in all of five weeks. Turns out they were so isolated we received only a moment’s drizzle early this morning that at best left the foliage with a dewy appearance. However, the overcast skies offered some fairly good conditions for photos on an early morning walk about the garden.
I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of the one magnolia blossom that opened on a lower branch of the tall tree this morning. Standing on my tippy toes I was able to capture the center of the south’s magnificently scented bloom. The intoxicating fragrance of these flowers had me standing close by and taking deep breaths of fresh lemony air.
Light: Full sun to partial shade.
Moisture: Southern magnolia is extremely drought tolerant. It does best, however, in rich, well-drained, acidic soils.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7-9. Newer cultivars have extended the range in which the southern magnolia can be grown northward into Zone 5!
Propagation: Southern magnolia grows rapidly from seed. Cultivars are grafted onto seedlings of the species or started from cuttings.