Blooming June


Magnolia sieboldii


It takes a lot to raise the excitement levels to fever pitch around here. The World Cup? Definitely not.

The baby Great Spotted Woodpecker chick peeping in at us through Mike’s study window yesterday morning? Possibly.

But the first ever blooming of Magnolia sieboldii? At least, I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. I’ve lost the label. I have scoured the bank and even weeded the ground all around the shrub in the hope of discovery. It was not to be. An internet search revealed two possibilities, the other being M. wilsonii. But ours holds its flowers pointing boldly outwards, M. wilsonii flowers droop. Isn’t Google wonderful. I still stand ready to be corrected.



Rose ‘Pat Austin’

June is the month of roses. I brought this one with me in a pot and it goes from strength to strength planted out in the garden. I can’t resist orange roses. And now geums too, but struggle with the colour on any other flower.



Rose Lady Emma Hamilton

Even more intense.



Rose Susan Williams-Ellis

More restful.



Convolvulus cneorum

Sticking with white, another minor victory. I’ve never been able to keep this plant going beyond one year, until now. In spite of the exceptionally wet winter it has prospered, giving me new growth and flowers.

I’ve lost its label too, but this time remembered the species if not how to spell it. In looking it up I discovered, to my surprise, one of its common names is Shrubby Bindweed. There is a certain familial resemblance in the flowers but that’s where the similarity ends. Who’d have thought such a desirable plant would be related to one of my greatest enemies.



Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

Back up on the bank it’s been a terrific year for the Cornus trees. Both are absolutely smothered in blooms.



Cornus kousa ‘Wietings Select’


On the way back from photographing the Cornus, this happened:




I have never seen these flowers before. Since we came here it’s been a clump of leaves and, mistaking it for more of the ubiquitous Crocosmia, I was about to dig it up. Does anyone know which variety of Iris it might be?



Ixia ‘Hogarth’

This one I did manage to identify last year, as a result of posting a photo of it on the blog. It has rewarded me with more flower spikes this time around.



Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

It’s a month of great contrasts. From the flamboyance of the peonies to delicate flowers in profusion..



 Erodium ‘Stephanie’



Rhododendron NoID



Saxifraga stolonifera



Digitalis ‘Illumination’

Wild foxgloves are left to flower wherever the seeds fall in the woodland but in the garden they have to be better behaved. This one was on just about everyone’s bench at the plant fairs in May. It’s supposed to be a short lived perennial, but it didn’t stay the distance for me last year. Trying again.



 Digitalis parviflora

 A true perennial foxglove, I grew this clump from seed.




Just a few flowers left now on the Philadelphus hedge, but the scent is still intoxicating.


I don’t often show houseplants on the blog, but I will leave you with this one:



Unknown Orchid

Mike bought it from a supermarket three, maybe four years ago. It’s been in flower or bud for virtually every month since. Now for the first time it has two flower spikes. Considerably better value than all the expensive orchids that I have managed to kill.


Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other June bloomers from around the world.


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  1. Sue@GLAllotments June 15, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Our orchids just refuse to flower again.

    I’d also be excited over the magnolia flower rather than the World Cup, Tour de France (here in Yorkshire I am fed up of hearing the countdown!) or Wimbledon.

    I love the colour of the peachy rose has it a perfume? No idea about the iris variety,

    AS for ixia – I can;t get that to grow.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:15 am - Reply

      The peachy rose (Pat Austin) does have a lovely perfume. Maybe not as strong as some of the other David Austin roses, you need to get your nose right up to it, but it’s the colour I love it for mostly.

  2. Sarah Shoesmith June 15, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Any excitement I might have felt about the World Cup evaporated shortly after midnight, so to stumble out of bed and into these beautiful photos has cheered me up no end. Lovely Cornus and gorgeous Erodium. Thank you. This post is just the tonic I needed!

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah and welcome to rusty duck!
      I’m not into football in a big way, probably just as well really. It had a certain predictability about it.

  3. Crafty Gardener June 15, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    So many gorgeous blooms … love that bowl of beauty peony. Thanks to the heavy rain all my peonies are petal-less! The magnolia is such a beauty. I love foxglove but can’t get it to grow for me. I had amazing plants when we lived in England. Thanks for showing your bloomers 🙂

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

      The rain here put an end to my poppies. A number of plants have been fleeting this year, perhaps because some are quite new. Hoping for better things next year when they’ve settled in a bit. If I can resist the urge to move them all around again that is.

  4. Christina June 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    The Magnolia is beautiful and I think you are correct with your ID.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Thanks Christina. Still hope to find the label in the shrubbery one day!

  5. Denise June 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I confess to allowing our foxgloves to roam all over the shop here at MMM. Always a surprise to see where they will pop up. They have been beauties this year much to the delight of the bumbles. You have better discipline over your garden, and for that I give you much salute!

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

      I’ve seen so many bees about this year, good to see them thriving again.

  6. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD June 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    We had a Magnolia sieboldii in our garden until it got smooshed when the Austria pine came down in a storm in the winter 0f 2012. That looks like the flower I remember, though ours only flowered once in a number of years of growing it. Lots of gorgeous blooms in your garden. Mine is slowing down a bit with the end of geraniums, beginning of daylilies, water iris still going strong and martagon lilies just opening. Too many garden projects and social events happening, so I forgot all about bloom day!

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Life gets in the way sometimes and that’s no bad thing. I have spotted flower buds on our martagon lilies too, so looking forward to those. The only trouble with the magnolia is that it leans heavily towards the south and all the flowers are on that side. Not so good in a bed that is viewed from all sides.

  7. Amy at love made my home June 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    So many fabulous blooms! I cannot identify any of your unknown varieties, but I can say they are beautiful aren’t they! The orchid is very pretty too, it is funny how the cheapest or free plants often seem to do the best isn’t it. I wonder sometimes if they just don’t like to be bought and sold! Hope that you are having a happy flowery weekend. xx

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      The orchid has been a great success. It gets light from two windows from its position on the kitchen island, but rarely direct sun from either. And perhaps it likes the steamy heat!

  8. Marian June 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    So many beautiful blooms in your garden! Love all the different cornusses, such pretty blooms, and then the roses, breathtaking. Philadelphus has only bloomed shortly here due to the hail storm that passed last sunday but the smell when it blooms really is wonderful, isn’t it?

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Such a shame to see the petals of your Philadelphus on the ground. The scent does fill the garden and it is glorious. I hope you will be hail free next June, it must have been a freak event.

  9. Jennifer June 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful flowers and you photographed them so well. I’ve never seen most of these myself so I’m glad to have a chance to view yours.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. I do complain a lot about our weather, but I know we would not have most of these flowers were it not for the rain.

  10. Loree / danger garden June 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Beautiful flowers and photos all around, but that Magnolia sieboldii is extraordinary. I keep trying to find a spot to squeeze one in my garden. Thanks for the push to keep trying.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Loree and welcome to rusty duck!
      The magnolia is a lovely shrub. I have been avidly awaiting the first blooms and they did not disappoint. Now all I need is for my handkerchief tree (Davidia) to bloom and I will be happy.

  11. Chloris June 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Lots of gorgeous things in bloom. I am so jealous of your fabulous cornuses. Or should it be Cornii? And your lovely Magnolia seiboldii in bloom. How wonderful! It is certainly that rather than Wilsonii which I have. And I have to admit my disappointment that it hasn’ t bloomed this year despite the care lavished on it.
    The Iris is the native Iris foetidus which comes in a surprising range of colours. It pops up all over my garden an on the whole I don’ t mind. The orange berries in Autumn and winter are lovely.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      The blooms of seiboldii are held so stiffly.. standing to attention and bolt upright like they were awaiting a military inspection. The one in the photograph was just opening and a little more demure, best at that stage I think. Many thanks for the iris ID, what a bonus to have berries too.

  12. Marian St.Clair June 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    In Italy, my group was charmed by the Saxifraga utilized in rock gardens and around grottos. Here, it is only used as a ground cover. Your surprise iris is especially splendid.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      It does an excellent job of ground cover, this one has spread prolifically. It’s pretty too and so useful for shade. But if I remember correctly the original plant cost me dear, even though it multiplies so fast. A bit like some of those designer grasses you pay a fortune for, Briza comes to mind, and then find you can never get rid of it.

  13. Mark and Gaz June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Nice selection Jessica! Particularly taken with the Cornus ‘Satomi’. The magnolia bloom is lovely too. Hope it lasts as it’s such a beauty.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      Only this one bloom left now! It hasn’t lasted as long as I’d hoped. It’s in a sheltered spot on the slope but we’ve had strong wind from the south.. unusual.

  14. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) June 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I loved each and every one of your photos, especially the orange roses. There are a couple of orange roses planted in recent years in downtown Binghamton, New York, where I work and they are becoming a favorite of mine. But, the magnolia bloom was my favorite. Thank you for commenting on my GBBD post, too. RamblinwithAM.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Alana, orange roses are not to everyone’s taste but I love them. My father grew a coppery orange hybrid tea, Whiskey Mac, many years ago and I’ve been smitten every since.

  15. hoehoegrow June 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Yum yum for all but the orange rose 🙁 For some reason, they are the only ones I don’t like ! Such a good job we all like different things !
    Your magnolia is a very beautiful and precious thing ! Lovely photos, as always !
    I would have given anything to see the baby woodpecker …

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jane. The woodpecker chick was a lovely surprise, it was perched on the roof overhang right by the window. There were three of them around quite a bit last year, so I’m hoping we get to see this one again.

  16. snowbird June 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Wow, the magnolia sieboldii is a beauty! I just love all those roses, and you have so many beautiful plants blooming. How lovely to have baby wood peckers peeping at you

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      The woodpecker chick flew off to a nearby tree but only three feet away from the bedroom window. Mike grabbed the camera and we managed to open the window just a little bit more.. amazingly the chick stayed put. He focussed and…. no card in the camera. AArrrggh!

  17. Virginia June 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    What a superb display Jessica! You were kind to go around with a camera rather than a glass of chardonnay, or perhaps Pinot Gris in your hand to celebrate! I chuckled at the orchid – we had a supermarket cheapie that flowered for yonks too.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Virginia, you have stumbled upon my guilty secret. Although it’s best not to get too near the magnolia or cornus with a glass in hand. They are on a steep slope and there might be spillage..

  18. garden337 June 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Gosh, your pictures are lovely! I especially like the pink kousa dogwood.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I love that tree too. And provided I can keep it sufficiently well watered the blooms last for ages.

  19. Freda June 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Yes, Wow! Such beautiful photographs of some wonderful plants. When you are ready for the Yellow Book let me know! I’ve just got digitalis Pink Illumination – lovely thing.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      You might be luckier than me with the Digitalis, living nearer the coast. It is a lovely thing, the bees think so too.
      Don’t go looking in the Yellow Book just yet..

  20. angiesgardendiaries June 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Was almost tempted by pots of D. Illumination in the GC this afternoon but at £13 a pot, decided my money would be better spend. I’m so glad I didn’t now having read your comment that they are short lived. Up here they’d probably end up being annual!
    Loving the Cornus – what a delight and of course the Iris, lovely and thanks to Chloris for naming it, I can now add it to my ‘plants of interest’ list until I can read up on it.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      £13!! Mine cost £5. It wasn’t flowering at the time though, but that suited me better. Not sure how I’d have got it home in one piece otherwise.

  21. Lea June 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    So many beautiful blooms!
    I must say the orange roses are my favorites. So lovely!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lea.
      Looking round the garden I think I may have too many orange ones now. No pink.. might have to add some in for a bit of zing.

  22. Charlie@Seattle Trekker June 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, loved the post. I have gone back several times to look at them again.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Charlie you are very kind, thank you.

  23. elaine June 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful selection of flowers you have in your June garden – I am very impressed – I don’t have any of them – maybe I should start branching out a bit. Our Philadelphus hasn’t even started flowering yet!

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      I am still waiting for P. ‘Belle Etoile’ which I think is my favourite one of them all. It has slightly larger flowers, with a red flush at the base of the stamens, and an exquisite perfume.

  24. CJ June 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Wow, the magnolia is sensational. I’d be excited too if it was mine. I LOVE the white rose and the philadelphus as well. Oh now beautiful white flowers are. It’s all made me take a really deep breath. Thank you. CJ xx

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks CJ.
      I seem to be channelling Sissinghurst this month, albeit in a less refined way, there is a lot of white in the garden. But I like it too, especially in the evening.

  25. Sigrun June 16, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Colours like from a painters palette. Wonderful! I love Digitalis, but I have only space for the normal one.


    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      The wild one seems to thrive here, but I must admit I struggle with the hybrids. Even the species Digitalis, like parviflora, only lasts a couple of years or so. I need to remember to keep harvesting seed so that I can refresh the clumps as needs be.

  26. islandthreads June 16, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    so many beautiful blooms Jessica, sorry about your technical hitches I hope they are sorted out soon, mean while enjoy your lovely garden, Frances

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Frances.
      The Feedly reader went down, then it came back for everyone else but not me. We tried everything, including resetting the browser, but that did something to the cookie settings and I couldn’t comment on most blogs for a couple more days. Back now… I think!

  27. Jo June 16, 2014 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Such a lot of beautiful flowers. Roses have never really done it for me until this last year or two, I’m loving them, though I’m still quite choosy about those I like. Orchid’s are great value for money, they bloom for such a long period. My friend bought me a new one for Christmas in full bloom and it’s only just dropped its flowers, I’m sure it will be blooming again in no time.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Roses are problematic here too, I suspect because of the wet. Black spot is a real issue and we have to resort to spraying sometimes which I really do not like. I try to keep it to a minimum. I love roses and would hate to have to give up on them altogether.

  28. Vera June 16, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Every time I look at your photos it makes me feel two things: 1) discouraged because I can’t take the quality photos that you do. 2) and encouraged to try and do better with my photos in the future! I really do find your photography quite inspiring.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Oh Vera, thank you.
      I should post sometime on the photography experience. It will put you firmly in the 2) frame of mind because we’ve had no special training, just picked it up as we’ve gone along. Mike is far better with the camera than me, but it is a team effort and sometimes, no, mostly, quite fraught. It does seem though that if you take enough photos every now and then one of them will be a winner! Thank goodness for digital.

  29. countrysidetales June 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I’m also an orchid killer 🙁 Evidently, prolonged wet, windy weather in the late winter/ early spring has done your garden the power of good- gorgeous photos. And how lovely to see the sun 🙂

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      If you’d seen the state of the ground over winter.. I thought everything would just rot. We had some losses, other things thrived. That’s the way it goes every year I guess.

  30. Helene June 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Oh, your magnolia is lovely, so pretty! I also have Susan Williams-Ellis, mine is in its third year and is still a small bush, just over 1 ft tall – how old is yours? Is it just me, or does David Austin roses grow slower than many other roses? The orchid looks lovely, I keep buying cheap ones too, they are just as good as those from specialist nurseries and some of them I have had for almost 10 years flowering every year.

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      I bought Susan last year and planted her straight out in the border. She has doubled in size, to about 3 ft tall now. If I remember rightly yours is in a pot? That’s interesting because I bought Evelyn two or three years ago, which has also been growing in a pot, and is still about a foot/18ins tall.

  31. Rosie June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous June blooms, Jessica – I love the philladelphus – ours is in flower now and quite fragrant but not as intoxicating a scent as the variety like yours has:)

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. I wish I knew which variety our hedge is. Our predecessors were not ones for keeping labels, I’ve had to do a lot of IDs from the internet.

  32. Anne June 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures, I wish I had that much colour in my garden. L Anne x

    • Jessica June 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anne. I could do with more colour, the plants are well spread out. But a garden does not happen overnight and it will come.. and with it my confidence to do more long shots in place of the close ups!

  33. Alain June 17, 2014 at 2:42 am - Reply

    All these blooms are magnificent but a lot of the beauty has to do your photography – what great shots! It is one beautiful picture after an other!

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Alain, you are too kind. Thank you and welcome to rusty duck!

  34. nataliescarberry June 17, 2014 at 2:56 am - Reply

    June is indeed gorgeous in Rustyduckland! Thanks for sharing it with me. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie, summer is getting into full swing now!

  35. knitsofacto June 17, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    All so beautiful, but white roses are my favourites, and the palest Erodiums. And that iris is stunning, though I can’t help with it’s identification I’m afraid. I do know your magnolia is magnificent though 🙂

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

      I felt a bit short on white last year, I may have gone over the top now. I do love it though, so fresh.

  36. Joanne June 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Glorious blooms!

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanne 🙂

  37. Cathy June 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it lovely making discoveries, Jessica – well, flowering discoveries that is! – so much to be thrilled with, and an interesting comment from Chloris about the colours of Iris foetidus

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm - Reply

      As I clear more ground things are emerging that I’ve never seen before, but the Iris was a real bonus. Looking forward to the berries now.

  38. Suzanne June 17, 2014 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Lovely shots. I too adore orange roses, although I cuss and fuss dealing with any roses! I love to pair salvias with the orange blooms. Peach or coral are nice too. I bet you took photos when you planted the now unlabeled plants. You can probably trace the varieties that way.

    • Jessica June 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Doh.. no photos back then, having the blog has taught me that discipline!

  39. Anna June 18, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Oh the magnolia is a beauty Jessica. I’ve got a very small wilsonii plant which has yet to flower. Now that I know that the flower droops I wish that I had plumped for the sieboldii 🙂

    • Jessica June 18, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      To my eye the sieboldii flowers are held rather oddly, too stiff, a bit like a child’s drawing of a flower in that they literally point straight outwards. Or at least, mine does. You can see this starting to happen on the photo, even though that flower was not fully open at the time. I’ve not seen a wilsonii, but I would imagine it’s more like a hellebore, a bit more natural and demure. Perhaps the ideal is somewhere in between!

  40. Em June 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Wow. I have nothing else to say!

    • Jessica June 19, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Em

  41. Linda June 19, 2014 at 3:35 am - Reply

    These photos take my breath away…..positively out of this world♥️
    You garden must be in heaven….
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica June 19, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      The weather is perfect for the garden at the moment. Dry, sunny, not too hot. Lunches al fresco.. trying to ignore the weeds!
      Thanks Linda.

  42. sustainablemum June 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful flowers how I wish I could grow them too. I seem to be able to kill anything that flowers 🙁

    • Jessica June 25, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

      It’s very much down to trial and error here.. what I like doesn’t necessarily like my garden, especially the wet. I have casualties too.

  43. MrPaul June 27, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Such an exquisite selection of photos and flowers. I followed my nose from Rosemary of Five Valleys to find your delicious blog. I was thrilled to see that beautiful image of Magnolia sieboldii which I photographed in Heligan just last week. Lady Emma Hamilton is one of the newer rose additions to our garden and she is a show stopper and the scent is one of my current favourites. Looking forward to following along.

    • Jessica June 27, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Hi Paul and welcome to rusty duck!
      I struggle with roses here for some reason, but that doesn’t stop me trying! They are the perfect cottage garden flower, especially when they have a delightful scent like Lady Emma Hamilton. Heligan is on my list of ‘must sees’ this year too, thank you for reminding me.
      ps. I left a comment on your gorgeous rose post but it disappeared, not sure whether you moderate or it’s gone in the spam bin!

  44. mrpaul June 27, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hi RustyDuck.
    Roses can be hit and miss. We grow quite a fair few here, some of which do better than others. Claire Austin is not really doing particularly well here as its sprawling habit is a tad unruly, she may be replaced with some extra Lady Emmas:)
    I do moderate but I don’t see a comment awaiting or in spam. I hope it hasn’t got lost in the ether. I am most grateful for you letting me know. I will keep watch, hopefully it isn’t a regular occurrence.
    Have a great weekend.
    Paul x

    • Jessica June 27, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

      I just tried again, it seems to have worked this time. You too Paul!

  45. willisjw July 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Well, I started commenting on this post over two weeks ago and then, well you know how it goes. Anyway the Magnolia sieboldii is a beautiful plant. I first saw one touring Asiatica Nursery in Pennsylvania before its demise. Since then I’ve found that Chanticleer Garden near Philadelphia has some spectacular specimens. Your photo reminds me just how special they can be. Time to amend my wish list. Loving the Magnolia however should not detract from your other flowers. That Iris is spectacular, though I have no idea which one it is.

    • Jessica July 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Hi John, I’m rather fond of the magnolia too. My only regret was that the flowers were rather fleeting. But they did coincide with high wind and rain so perhaps next year I’ll have better luck!

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