Saturday, February 14, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day February 2009: Picture of Forced Magnolia Branches

Well, aside from a few more of the snow drops that I photographed for last month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, there is nothing that is blooming outside in the garden. Inside, I have moved on to forcing branches, which I wrote about in this post last week. Above, is a picture of a one of the magnolia blooms currently in my family room. I can't wait until next month for the garden to start showing more signs of spring. Check out all of the bloom day posts from around the world over at May Dreams Garden.

11 comments:

Tatyana said...

After heavy snow in December and January, there were so many broken magnolia branches on the ground. I guess it was my chance to try forcing them. Thanks for the idea! The flower on the picture is lovely!
Tatyana

queenofseaford said...

I have a new Magnolia in the garden that I pruned just a few crossing /rubbing branches out. I should have brought them into the house to see if I could force them. Maybe next year. Yours is beautiful.
Janet

Carol said...

I need to force some blooms inside at my house. I don't think to do that until they are blooming outside and then it is too late.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

joco said...

The forcing branches post is beautiful. The prunus is amazing. I am going to try your method.

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Forcing is good! As much as I'm into forcing, it never occurred to me to force this Magnolia. I will now. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love seeing this magnolia. It is truly a tease for spring. I can't wait for ours to be blooming. Happy GBBD.

Dreamybee said...

I love magnolias-what a great idea to force some indoors.

Nan Ondra said...

How interesting, HG: I never thought of forcing magnolias. Congratulations on having such a unique offering for a February Bloom Day.

Pat Leuchtman said...

I have old forsythia bushes that somehow rarely manage to bloom, but I'm thinking of bringing a bunch of branches indoors to force. That should manage to avoid a blasting frost that hits at just the wrong moment.

heirloomgardener said...

Pat,

I'm not sure if this is the problem, but the biggest cause that I see in my neighborhood for non-blooming forsythia is people who prune off the growth in the fall and are inadvertantly cutting off the next season's blooms. If you want to prune, do so immediately after the flowering in the spring, which will give it a whole season for new growth (and future blossoms).

-Heirloom Gardener

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