Saturday 8th July

Magnolia wilsonii dried flowers
One of my favourite plants in our garden was introduced to me by that great plantsman and Magnolia specialist, the late Mr Nigel Holman who had a wonderful large specimen at Chyverton. It is the beautiful Magnolia wilsonii, a native of South-central China where it is becoming an endangered species due to deforestation. It has pendulous saucer-shaped flowers measuring between 3” and 4” with white petals and purple stamens. Best viewed from underneath, it has a delightful fresh fragrance. Our specimen has been flowering for about six weeks now and still has a dozen or so blooms alongside the seed pods from earlier flowers.