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Jan 27, 2022 6:01 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Pink Star Magnolia

I've grown this tree from a tiny sapling to the beautiful mature tree it is today. Such a joy when it blooms, you know that Spring is really here.

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Jan 27, 2022 6:10 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Gorgeous. Star magnolias are my favorite.
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Jan 27, 2022 7:53 PM CST
Zone 5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Ah yes, your banner makes me yearn for Spring to come asap, but I think it will be a while. Nice to dream while waiting.
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Jan 27, 2022 9:48 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Zoia said:Pink Star Magnolia
I've grown this tree from a tiny sapling to the beautiful mature tree it is today. Such a joy when it blooms, you know that Spring is really here.

Very pretty banner. Thumbs up

I've never seen or hear of a Pink Star Magnolia, and am amazed how many
blooms it puts out. Blinking

How old is it? Especially rewarding when you grew it from
a sapling.

Do you have a pic of the whole tree in and out of bloom?
Learn &/or create something every day.
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Jan 27, 2022 9:59 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Beautiful banner Zoia!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jan 27, 2022 10:10 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Zoia ~ Beautiful! Lovey dubby

I agree with Cal. Let's see some more pictures. How many years has it been growing?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Jan 28, 2022 2:22 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I think the tree is about 20 years old now. It was a gift from a friend.
About to open
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Opening
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Whole tree
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View down the Hill, tree on bottom right
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Jan 28, 2022 2:46 PM CST
SE Iowa
Leonard Messel is one named cultivar of pink star magnolia, for anyone interested in planting one of their own. I scored one on clearance a couple of years ago. People around here hesitate to plant magnolias, as so many of them aren't reliably hardy. This is a fantastic exception to that rule. I hope I'm still around to see what mine looks like in 18 years, Zoia!
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Jan 28, 2022 2:50 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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They are really beautiful and hardy here in Boston. The branches are somewhat brittle, I've lost pieces of the tree to various storms. But it always bounces back.
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Jan 28, 2022 4:38 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Wow! Thanks for all the extra images, Zoia! What a pretty tree & backyard! Thumbs up
Is that scene from last year?

Would be great to see from the same perspective
what it looks like in winter.....snow covered?
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Jan 28, 2022 8:07 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Love all of the extra pictures, Zoia. An early bloomer like this tree is so dramatic--a bright spot of color in a gray landscape. Smiling
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Jan 28, 2022 8:54 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thanks for the acorn Cal!

I'll see if I can't get something Sunday morning when we're supposed to have up to three feet of snow fallen down.

Here's a view from the summer down what I usually refer to as Daylily Hill

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Most of my photos are aimed up the hill, as it is South facing, so the flowers face that way too.
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Jan 29, 2022 3:41 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Great pics, Zoia! Thumbs up
Amazing how you can be in deep snow now, and
by summer so green & flowers blooming.

I've seen the weather report for the East Coast.
Sounds like a major snow storm. Let us know how it goes.
Stay safe & warm.
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Jan 30, 2022 10:27 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I said I'd include some snow scenes! Taken from my window, didn't feel like tramping around two feet of snow!

Today
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This was during the storm on Saturday
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Jan 31, 2022 1:58 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Zoia said:I said I'd include some snow scenes! Taken from my window, didn't feel like tramping around two feet of snow!

Zoia, THANKS for those extra pics of the magnolia blooms, especially the closeup, plus your beautiful home, gazebo, gardens, & property. Thumbs up
BTW, what are the trees in the back that are covered with lavender blooms? Fruit trees?

I'm glad you came through the big storm OK, and hope everyone else here did as well.

Actually I hoped you'd tramp out there (afterwards). Big Grin

But that would mess up the pristine snow, and I probably wouldn't wade through
2 ft of snow either. Rolling my eyes.

Good job taking those pics from inside.

I hope you'll take the same pics each month during the year.
They'd make an impessive slide show. Thumbs up
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Jan 31, 2022 4:13 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thanks Cal!

To answer your question, the purple bushes are PJMs. I think it stands for Peter John Menzies. That is a variety of azalea, really a hybrid between azaleas and rhododendron. It was hybridized at Menzie's Nursery in MA. The son of the hybridizer was good friends with the owner of this house in the 60s. He used this yard as a testing ground so there are many beautiful varieties of azaleas and rhododendron growing here. The rhododendron are two stories tall at this point!
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Some PJMs
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Fire Azalea
I don't really know the name of this, and I've never seen another like it. It's a deciduous azalea of the most extraordinary color.
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Another favorite, I think this is Azalea Washington State Centennial… it smells like heaven!
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Lots of others!
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Jan 31, 2022 6:19 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
Zoia said: The son of the hybridizer was good friends with the owner of this house in the 60s. He used this yard as a testing ground so there are many beautiful varieties of azaleas and rhododendron growing here.



Lucky you!! Hurray!
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Jan 31, 2022 6:22 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thanks Laurie! Acorn

There used to be a lot more but I lost a ton in the drought of 2015. At least I repurposed the Hill they were on for Daylilies.
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Jan 31, 2022 6:58 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
lauriemorningglory said:Lucky you!! Hurray!


I agree Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Jan 31, 2022 8:27 PM CST
Name: Ron
Marietta, GA (Zone 7b)
Only time will tell.....
Wow! Those azaleas are beautiful, especially the Fire and Centennial. Have you ever tried to propagate any of them?

Ron
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