Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Tuesday 13 March 2007


Filed under: Magnolia,Progress — Helen @ 3:12 pm

My magnolia

I felt some regret when my garden designer told me there would be no room for the magnolia in my new garden. The reason was that it would eventually outgrow its space. She said I could prune it – apparently the Dutch prune their magnolias into a lollipop shape and the trees don’t seem to mind. However, I am not sure I want to do that. This week I have been looking out for magnolias along the local roads, and it seems to me that the impact of a magnolia is in its size. For example:

Big Magnolia 1


Big Magnolia 2

Comparing these two mature and magnificent specimens with mine, I see that mine is still beautiful, but it’s never going to look as good unless it is allowed to grow a lot more.

For now, I am going to dig the magnolia up and put it in a pot, because I might as well, but I am not sure whether I am going to keep it if I can’t let it grow to its full size. There may be room in the front garden when I renovate that, so we shall see.


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