Majestic Magnolia David Clulow King of suburban Gardens, Queen of the woods. 

I have found a new love for Magnolia’s, having often admired these handsome shrubs and trees either at my place of work or whilst driving through surburban area’s and villages.

Affected by the weather conditions a Magnolia can either flower for several weeks or just a few days, wind and frost being the main factors that affect the duration of these delicate blooms.

Often found growing amongst larger trees and evergreen shrubs like Rhododendrons and Camellia’s the Magnolia will enjoy the shelter provided by a woodland setting and during the Spring often regarded as the King or Queen of the woods.


Spring 2017 for example has been the perfect season for Magnolia’s very little in the way of frost and despite storm Doris in Mid Feburary very little climatic disturbance.

Fortunately a good Spring means that the Magnolia is free to flower for several weeks and really does look at it’s best, some varities hold they petal like a challice, tight and furled and protected from the elements other like Magnolia stellata (Star-like) will open its white petals to the elements and can quickly become frosted or blown across the garden.

Whereas Majestic #Magnolia David Clulow king size creamy white #flowers proud upright and regal, hold it flowers tight until the warming Spring Sunshine encourages them to open and display the ornamentally tinted stigmas and pistils.

My new love for Magnolia’s has encouarged an interest that has led to several more articles featuring Magnolia varieties of all shapes and sizes.


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Award winning, 40 something year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large prestigious gardens and stately homes. I strongly believe knowledge is to be shared and have worked closely with people and staff of all ages and abilities keen to develop their passion for gardening, including groups of children, special needs and adults. I have hosted guided walks, talks and tours for those keen to learn about cultivated and wild plants, garden development, history and design. As an member of the NNCPG and National Trust, I am actively involved in the preservation of several important plant collections both in public and private gardens throughout the UK. “It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion grow together, in a garden it’s paradise” Follow @IGrowHort on GardenTags. Stephen is passionate about gardening as Head Gardener with a team of ten staff he manages a prestigious Cheshire country estate of 55 acres, inc wild flower meadows, woodland, organic kitchen and formal gardens. Follow Stephen today”

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