My brief respite for the year is over. My Magnolias will keep me hard at work from now until the last leaf falls in November.
At the front of this photo is my soon to Bud burst Magnolia Soulangeana, - This weekend it started dropping it's bud casings. - These furry covers for the flowers have been sitting on the bare branches all through the winter, waiting for Spring to arrive.
In the back ground is my Evergreen Magnolia Grandiflora. - It may not drop all its leaves at once in the Autumn, but from now on, until the summer when it flowers, it will divest itself of a good proportion of its leaves, all over my border below, - just enough to make it untidy, and clear it all off, where upon the wind blows and a few more fall.
When the flowers of both are finished, Petals rain down, and if not removed quickly, soon become soggy on my beds and lawn. And of course in the Autumn, the leaves of the deciduous tree create piles that my son loves to leap in. But with almost weekly work ahead of me, - would I rather get rid of my 2 week flowering wonders?