Magnolia Madness

Magnolia Madness Magnolia Madness

People often talk about good blossom years when the combination of prolific flower production and perfect climatic conditions at the time of flowering i.e. still, no hard frosts nor torrential rain or even worse sleet or hail, all come together to produce a display which is mind blowing in its intensity and over the top profligacy. When that happens you are witnessing one of the best bits of nature bling you could wish for and it’s my impression that the last couple of weeks have been one of those magic moments for Magnolias. Everywhere I go I seem to be met with stunning displays of exquisite goblet- shaped flowers that are so elegantly unmistakeable and which exude a sophisticated charm matched by no other flowering tree or shrub. I went to a conference at the Chelsea Physic Garden the other day and wandering the streets of Chelsea on…

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