Because the blossoms smell as good as this one looks. Plus, it's hardy from Long Island to South Florida. Plus, it has a tidy upright habit and is perfectly sized for many peoples' yard. Plus, it's virtually problem-free. What more do you want from a tree?
Commented on Apr 28, 2013
Mmmmm! I can almost smell it through the computer screen! I love magnolias.
Workers are here taking down some trees in my yard. I feel a lump in my throat as I watch them come down. :-( Most of these trees are Bradford Pears leaning dangerously but a couple are
hardwood. (of course they need to go to for one reason or another) One triple trunk oak in my front yard. It was the first to go. It is amazing how they take these trees down without harming the vegetation around it. I will add more pics as the day goes on.
. I keep looking at my yard and I'm not in love yet. Guess I'll have to get used to it. The oak was interfering with the larger "parent" oak and should allow my Japanese maples to get more sun. The shrubs below will definitely benefit but right now, it kind of looks like a really bad haircut to me. lol Neighbors are raving ... I guess they didn't much care for my trees (they don't have many in their yards). You're right ... it's a whole new ballgame now.
I've been whining about how bad my yard looks this year. The lawn looks worse than ever and some of my early spring bulbs did not bloom. Had lots of rabbits and squirrels in the yard ..
wonder if they are the culprits? Anyway, I was talking to a contractor about removing some trees along the side and back of the house and looked around then I took some pictures of my yard. It's not *that* bad. I still have some cool things in there and I think I just need some structure ... pull the bed out to give up the struggling bermuda ... it might be liveable ... Suggestions??
To the left of the house, I have a full sun bed. Currently, I have a seemingly healthy rhododendron, various azaleas, a couple of forsythia and a semi-ring of fire power nandina. Daffodil, Gerbera Daisies, Gladiolus and stella doro come up in this bed. My crocus and a couple of other spring flowers I'm used to seeing did not appear this spring. I also have a couple of hot pokers that have barely appeared over the last couple of years (only put up the leaves) and a bunch of small irises near the steps. Everything else is shaded with the exception of the bed around the mailbox. I've loaded that up with all kinds of goodies as well.
*Sigh ... hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an amateur gardener ... lol. Help?
would like to do a sitting area over there. I really like the arbor swing in @Deb from Harleysville's post http://www.hometalk.com/135573/arbor-swing-m... but no way would I get enough sun over there. Maybe an arbor isn't out of the question though as I see how much sun I'm getting now that these trees are removed. I love coral bells too! I have some by my back fence. They aren't doing so hot though. I could move them. I will check out Brunerra.
Thanks for the great ideas, Melinda! You guys really have me considering the walk running
down to the curb. No one else in the neighborhood has that. I don't mind being unique! :-) I am going to take out a triple-trunk tree to the right. (can't see it in this pic) And I'm going to have the remaining trees cleaned up. That won't help the grass though.