This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: guerinw@gmail.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

Evergreen magnolia for Michigan gardens

This evergreen magnolia, now 20' tall, has been growing for more than a decade besides my house in Chelsea. Some winters have been harder on it than others, but it has always retained a respectable complement of leaves. A pair of goats, Daisy and Jackson, ate the foliage on the lowest branches, so I took this picture today from the roof. Magnolia grandiflorum is common in southern gardens. Cold-tolerant cultivars enable it to be grown as far north as, well, at least Chelsea. Check back on these pages in February -- I will update you with a picture of the leaves glazed with ice.  Heck, why not just subscribe to this blog right now!

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