this amazing magnolia soulangeana really took my eye in Glenarm, grown as a wonderful tree in the herb garden area it was laden with flowers and looks just stunning, certainly of fine vintage its adding a sense of scale and age to the recently redeveloped walled garden
I recently took a late Spring dander to Ballyscullion Park in Bellaghy, I had visited this magnificant estate late Autumn and was keen to see how the walled garden and grounds looked in the Spring. Mrs Rosalind Mullholland was my guide for the afternoon, and I was delighted to see that the grounds were benefiting from some serious work, large scale control of Laurels is underway and more paths have been cut through the unused part of the walled garden, and it was wonderful to be able to see the entire area...below you'll see a slideshow of some of the sights of the Ballyscullion Park in Ballaghy in late Spring...
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and the remainder of the pictures can be viewed here
for pics from our previous trips to Ballyscullion see here
for Ballyscullion Park official website see here
Myself and Gracie took an early morning Dander to Ashbrook House (I was researching for the upcoming Country House Forage Day), there are some magical sights in and aroudn the house. Some wonderful woodland flowers, aswella s some amazing daffodils, heres a few pics to wet your tastebuds for Sundays big event!
Sit back and enjoy the slideshow below
Magnolias are super cool and just starting to think about coming into flower around these parts.The thing I like about them is firstly that they flower before any leaves come on them, like the forsythia, I think this is a pretty cool thing, and by having no leaves the flowers stand out even more. The best Magnolias, or should I re-phrase this, the Magnolias which capture out attention are the biggies, the ones 15ft+ in size...just spectacular. So in truth any Magnolia you plant today won't be in its prime for many many years, so its very much a forward thinking plant. Here are a few interesting varieties to choose from
Magnolia Fragrant Cloud
A new and rare Magnolia with the most beautiful pink-red flowers, opening to creamy white. Discovered in China, it was named by the nursery workers "DanXin", or "Fragrant Cloud". see here to buy
Magnolia George Henry Kern
A stunning variety with tulip shaped flowers, deep rose in bud opening to light pink. A long flowering period from April to June. Slow growing and compact Magnolia, reaching 6ft in 10 years, approx. see here to order
An impressive, evergreen tree with leathery, dark green, glossy leaves with rust-coloured hairs underneath. In late summer and early autumn, large, highly fragrant, creamy white blooms are produced at the end of the shoots.
Magnificent. see here to buy
Magnolias are simple enough trees to grow. Plant them in a sheltered site (too windy and the flowers will be destroyed by wind) and give them a mulch with some Ericaceous compost every autumn, and feed them occasionally with Rosefood, suprisingly low maintenance for an amazing plant like this!
Magnolia Liliiflora Nigra
A well known, yet rare, highly sought after variety, bearing slender very dark purple buds which open dark purple-red on the outside and paler within. Flowering April to June, this is a compact variety and again suitable for smaller gardens. see here to buy
A rare variety with 12cm diameter giant bi-coloured flowers. These are very fragrant & are produced perpetually from May to September before spectacular crimson fruit. Unusual egg shaped buds and attractive ovate green leaves. click here to buy
One of the most popular magnolias, with large, dark green leaves that start to appear in mid spring, at about the same time as the huge, deep rose-pink or white, goblet-shaped flowers. This is a good magnolia for smaller gardens,as it remains a shapely shrub for many years, and even when it is mature, is a manageable small tree. click here for stockist
A popular compact, bushy shrub with mid-green leaves and silky buds which open up to pure white, star-shaped flowers, sometimes faintly flushed pink. The blooms are lightly scented, open very early and before the leaves, eventually covering the shrub for several weeks. This is one of the best magnolias for a small garden. see here for stockist
Theres a cracking one of these fellows, nice and mature in the front of Troy Hall, see here
Theres also a cracking one in Ashbrook, planted 18 years ago, as part of this sldieshow
A bushy, upright shrub with large mid-green leaves. From mid-spring to mid-summer, narrow goblet-shaped, fragrant flowers emerge from slender, dark purple-red buds. These open to slightly twisted petals of purple-red on the outside and paler on the inside. A glorious deciduous magnolia ideal for a small or larger garden. see here for stockist
check out this brilliant Groupon offer, where you can get 3 of the magnolais mentined above for a bargain price of £25 for 3!!
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