The star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) are the first of the deciduous magnolias to bloom and I saw a bunch of them in bloom in while I was down south last week. Several cultivars are available - this one is 'Waterlily'. Click to download a large version (800x600) to to display on your desktop.
The 'Susan' magnolia were also blooming and they have become a popular landscape item in North Florida. 'Susan' is is hybrid cross between Magnolia stellata rosea and Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'. Click here to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.
The saucer magnolias Magnolia x soulangeana) are in bloom down along the Gulf Coast but the flowers on many of the trees in the Navarre Beach and Pensacola (Florida) areas were brown and damaged by an ice storm. Click here to download a large version (800x600) to wallpaper your computer desktop.
More magnificent magnolia species:
bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
lily magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora)
southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala)
Yulan magnolia (Magnolia heptapeta)
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Articles & Resources
Steve says you should start your own pepper and tomato plants 6-8 weeks before they will be planted out in the garden (after all danger of frost has past! :-) If you want to grow unusual or heirloom varieties you must start your own as these are not typically offered for sale as plants.
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Travels in Africa
Bruce Bohm did a series of articles on the incredible plants that he and his wife Lesley, a botanical illustrator, encountered on a trip to South Africa. Click here for menu.
Early Blooming Woodies
The old sand pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) tree in my yard down in Tallahassee was in bloom last week If there is not another freeze, there should be a good crop of fruit that the local deer will enjoy very much. Sand Pear Wallpaper Gallery to see and download large versions (800x600) of sand pears and flowers.
I saw Carolina yellow jasmine
(Gelsemium sempervirens) beginning to bloom when I was in Florida last week. This rugged vine is a native of the southeastern US. The sunshiny spicy scented blossoms are produced over server weeks in late winter and early spring.
A native of the southeastern US, the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii), also called mayberry, is budding out now in North Florida. The blueberries are usually ripe and ready to eat around the 4th of July.
At this time of year there's not a lot blooming in my North Florida (Zone 8) garden but I can always depend on the Prague viburnum shrub (Viburnum x pragense) to brighten up the yard in the dark depths of January.