Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Sign Of An Early Spring I Hope

My magnolia fuscata, called "Banana Shrub" by some folks due to its fragrance of ripe bananas from their yellow flowers in May, is already showing small fuzzy buds. I don't recall seeing them bud out in January so I hope this is a sign of an early spring. I'm sick of winter and more than ready for the rejuvenation that spring always brings to me.

5 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Jon,

My Banana shrub is budded, too - but seems to me that mid-January is normal here. If I kept better entries in the paper journal instead of blogging that could be a more definitive answer. But without blogging there'd be no one to share the answer with! Some dilemma, eh?

You say Magnolia fuscata and my tag said Michelia figo - but if we're lucky we'll both have the same fragrant flower in a few months!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Jon said...

Hi Annie,
Yes, I am aware that in recent years botanists and horticulturalists have renamed "Magnolia fuscata" as "Michelia figo". Obviously I am still stuck in the past...my grandmother loved these nice evergreen shrubs and never called them anything but "Magnolia fuscata". The ones she planted 70
years ago at our homeplace in the country are now like fat short trees as they have never been pruned or limbed up. The one I have here in town is young and still the size of a shrub.

Hope you have a great 2009 gardening year.

Barbara said...

I feel the same as you when looking at my camelias which seem to open their buds pretty soon. But I know that Spring still is far away. However, the thought of Spring already rejuvenates ;-) !!

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