Friday, April 25, 2008

I fell in love with Leonard Messel...habe mich in Leonard Messel verliebt..

Rosa Sternmagnolie 'Leonard Messel'
Magnolia loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Die Rosa Sternmagnolie 'Leonard Messel' trägt vor dem Laubaustrieb in der Zeit von April bis Mai bezaubernde sternförmige, weiße Blüten, die breite rosafarbene Streifen aufweisen.
Damit Sie diese Schönheiten wirkungsvoll in Szene setzen kann, sollte sie unbedingt in Einzelstellung gepflanzt werden.
Der Wuchs gestaltet sich breit kegelförmig, sie erreicht eine Höhe von bis zu 8 m.
Der optimale Standort ist vollsonnig, etwas geschützt,
der Boden sollte humos und nährstoffreich sein.

Yesterday, we went shopping at RONA a Canadian home improvement store.
The garden Center just opened the doors and I noticed this lovely tree with pink flowers.
Please wait I called out to my husband.
Coming closer I looked at this lovely pink Magnolia and I fell in love with my Leonard Messel...
The small tree will be a wonderful addition to our backyard.

In a land far, far, away, in a time long ago Magnolias and Rhododendrons shared a common ancestor.
The result of this is that Magnolias and Rhododendrons have some similar traits.
The most important trait being that they both like a soil on the acidic side. This means when you are planting Magnolias always ensure that the planting mixture is on the acidic side.
To do this just add some peat moss to the existing soil.
When it comes time to fertilize your Magnolias you should use an acidic based fertilizer. This will be the same fertilizer you use on your Rhododendrons. This fertilizer can come in liquid or granular form.
Beware of Magnolia scale.
The control is to scrape off the scale, scrub them off with a nail brush, or spray with Dormant Oil following the label directions.
The spring flowering Magnolias can have a light corrective pruning after flowering in the beginning of June.
Companion plants to Magnolias are Hostas, Periwinkle, Impatiens, Non Stop Begonias, Hydrangeas and Daffodils.
Recommended Magnolias Varieties:
Magnolia stellata: This variety blooms in our area ( Zone 5-6) about the middle of April.
Star Magnolias grow to be 15 to 20 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide.
This happens fairly slowly but always plan for it to become a reasonably large flowering shrub or small tree.

Magnolia X loebneri ' Leonard Messel ' is best described as a pink star magnolia.
The flowers are actually fuchsia with a purple-pink stripe and wavy petals.
Leonard will be larger than the Magnolia stellata selections but really quite compact and faster growing.
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