…at last

Michelle of Jockey Hill Nursery gave us a Magnolia grandiflora, which we planted before we even moved in. That means it has been in the ground  for eight years.

Magnolia grandiflora

Now lookee here! See it? Right up there near the top, on the left…a flower! The tree still has the look of gangly youth, but the first blossom is cause for celebration. Let’s zoom in for a better look:

Magnolia grandiflora blossom

It is slightly past its prime, just because I had given up on watching after so many promising buds had proven to be tightly furled leaves. It reminds me of losing sets of keys: it is only after one has expended the time and cash to replace them that they show up in some perfectly obvious spot. Back in 2009, Roy Lancaster told a funny story about waiting for a magnolia to bloom. I wrote about it here. He waited ten years, so I guess our little tree is something of a prodigy. I get all loopy imagining what future years will bring.

9 Responses to “…at last”

  1. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    Yay! The longer you wait, the sweeter the reward, I think. It’s only been a year but I’m thrilled about my Eucomis blooming…how much richer your first magnolia bloom is!!

  2. Debbie Says:

    Ricki, One bloom is the start of it all. It’s all uphill from here.

  3. ricki Says:

    Jane~Sweet indeed, but I am now two years into waiting for a Eucomis flower.

    Debbie~So I hear: thanks for the encouragement.

  4. Grace Says:

    When a plant flowers it’s like, you know that the plant is happy and settled in for the long haul–a true reward for the hard working gardener!

  5. ricki Says:

    Grace~Oh, I do so hope that is true.

  6. Loree /danger garden Says:

    Yay! I still remember seeing the first bloom on my magnolia tree, it was such an oddly proud moment! Congrats on yours….and it was wonderful to “meet” you again yesterday! That you so much for coming!!!

  7. ricki Says:

    Loree~Thanks! Good to know I am not the only one who gets all parental about these things. Thank YOU! The pleasure was all mine.

  8. linda Says:

    Vert exiting, I think I’ll be waiting a few more years yet, I only planted mine last year, I did get a first fig!!!

  9. ricki Says:

    Linda~Magnolias and figs…both worth the wait.

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