The first Magnolia of 2012 is unusually a M.sprengeri it first flower opened fully on 10th January.
That’s 10 days earlier than average and a remarkable 55 days earlier than last year! The recent cold snap, so far, hasn’t done any harm as the flowers are still quite tight in bud. This weather will help our spring display by holding back full flowering until later. We couldn’t have timed it better.
Usually the Campbellii seedling above the cock pit is easily the first but this year magnolia campbellii ‘Charles Raffil’, one of our champion trees, is almost open showing real flashes of pink.
On January 21st, between the years 2002-2008, the first Magnolia began to flower. 2009 saw a delay of around 37 days flowering on the 25th of February. 2010 was even later (45 days later) on the 8th March.