Friday, June 29, 2007

'Edith Bogue' Magnolia grandiflora

The first flower this year of the 'Edith Bogue' Magnolia came and went very quickly. For some reason the flower did not open completely and the petals hid the inner part of the flower until they all turned brown overnight and fell off. Not a good strategy for pollination.

Last year, the first time it flowered, we had exactly one blossom. But it was a gorgeously formed flower and had a great scent. This year I counted 8 buds so I'm hoping that they will open fully so we can see the interesting inner parts too.


Blogger sixty-five said...

Edith Bogue is the "Montclair" (NJ) magnolia. The enormous original is still in Ms Bogue's (former) back yard on Watchung Ave, and I happened, by chance, to see it while attending a yard sale next door. I forget whether Ms Bogue was a hybridizer or just a garden enthusiast, but somehow she was able to get a southern magnolia to survive the NJ winter, and the cultivar was named for her. I have one too (a Wayside bargain); mine hasn't bloomed yet. It's about 3 feet now.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

I was curious about how a magnolia would be surviving in NJ! I most certainly would not get one through the winters here!! It's gorgeous and I envy you the fun of anticipating the bloom.

8:13 AM  
Blogger kate said...

You are so lucky to be able to grow Magnolias there. I enjoyed reading the comment above about Edith Bogue.

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that all of your buds open into beautiful flowers!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hello Sixty-five,
Thanks very much for the interesting history of the Edith Bogue Magnolia. I didn't know Edith Bogue was a NJ native and it's amazing that the original tree still exists. Must be an enormous tree now. Our tree is a 'Wayside nursery' tree also. It's been in the ground now for three years and about 10 feet tall. It seems to be an enthusiastic grower. I always have associated the M. grandifloras as a southern tree so hurray for Ms. Bogue for producing a tree which could withstand a zone 6 climate. Thanks for your comment and history lesson.

Hi Kati,
We have nine different types of Magnolias and all are thriving. Only two of the ones we planted died - actually the top graft of the Magnolia cylindrica 'Pegasus' died but the stock lived and is growing in the yard. I don't know what kind it is but it is growing lustily so it will be interesting to see what kind of flower it produces. The other one that died was a yellow 'Butterflies' which I posted an article earlier. The one which for years I thought was a M. sieboldii but turned out to be a 'Butterflies' has done exceedingly well. I learned that Magnolias don't like to be in soggy soil unless it's the native M. virginiana which live along stream banks in the south.

Funny though, we recently bought a M. sieboldii which is a fairly tender Magnolia and the tag said it was grown in Ontario, your neck of the woods!


Hey Kate,
I love your new avatar. Is it one of your watercolors? Very beautifully done and lovely colors too!

I think for even the hardiest Magnolia the northern plains would unfortunately be a tough go. I too hope the next flower will open completely. One looks like it will open in a few days. Thanks for stopping by.

5:49 PM  

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