The magnolia is blooming. It's really an amazing tree in bloom: the flowers are about six inches tall which is pretty large even by magnolia standards. They smell divine, too.
Jon-Jon is a Gresham hybrid, grows to about 25', and blooms late in the season. I can confirm only one of those facts through my own experience, as mine is still under five feet tall.
I have to admit I didn't know much about this tree when I chose it. I chose it because I wanted a mid-sized magnolia rather than a 50' brute, and also because Jon-Jon is what I used to call my younger brother when he was a kid. Kind of a silly reason to buy a tree, but I didn't have much else to go on when it came to magnolias.
I'm very happy with it right now.
Also, because I can't admire my own work enough, here's some before-and-after with the Fern Walk (still in progress):
Still plenty of work to do there, but not nearly as much as it seemed like it would be two weeks ago. Also, notice that somebody with a weird sense of humor has been throwing lemons around. There were two in there and three more in the roses. We have some very odd neighbors.
posted by ayse on 03/05/08