Thursday, May 2, 2013

Under the Magnolia

For as long as I can remember the slow growing White Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) in it's circular bed next to the driveway. This year the blooms were few, a result, perhaps, of the stress of last years drought. Last Autumn Junior and I went to town planting dozens and dozens of mixed tulips beneath the tree, and the payoff this Spring has been wonderful!
This was on Sunday, April 28th.

One of the few, gorgeous, blooms. 

And this was on Tuesday the 30th! The heat really moved things along.


Usually I prefer a bit more control over what colors are being planted, but we just took the mixed bag and went with it, planting the tulips around the magnolia and up in the larger front bed.

These creamy-edged pink tulips were a lovely surprise.

The large clump of muscari is scheduled to be divided and planted, naturally, as a border around the tree. If you follow this blog at all you know I love edging my beds in muscari, and this old clump has grown way to thick. The next major project, and one that will probably not happen this year, is taking out the sidewalk, filling in the dip that always floods (and that the generic pavers are currently creating a bridge over) and creating a new path. Oy...it never ends. For now, however, I'll just look at the tulips.