I have loved magnolias ever since I lived in Washington, D.C. Embarrassingly, I had never seen a saucer magnolia until I lived there. I will always think of these as the flowers of my young adulthood- a source of wonder to the naive girl from Northern Wisconsin.
Magnolias have extra meaning for me- I have planted ‘Elizabeth’ in honor of my only niece. Thankfully, none of my nephews are ‘Leonard Messel’- a bad name for a beautiful girl.
These are just babies- but someday they will be awesome. And I can’t believe how many flowers they have already! These last few years I have found that (unlike a lot of trees) the magnolias really do like extra fertilizer. I am happy to oblige, because they are gorgeous.