Many magnolia trees start taking off their winter covers about now, like the popular Star magnolia.
Early blooming magnolias are so pretty – until Mother Nature turns a cold shoulder, leaving them a mucky droopy disappointment.
While lots of littler trees have fabulous flowers down low where we can see them, the tulip poplar blooms high above us. So, keep an eye out for their fallen flowers and take one home as a treat.
Budding branches allow you to enjoy the promise of spring, indoors or out.
Last year the magnolias were blooming in March, this year they were still closed up tight the second week of April. That’s ‘normal’.
People like to bring branches inside this time of year, put them in a vase of water, then wait for them to open. It’s known as ‘forcing’ because your warm house pushes the buds to open sooner than they would outside when it’s still cold.
When the winter’s been warm and then it suddenly snows – what happens to your plants?
Filling up pots with greens and goodies from your yard is an affordable way to decorate your home for the holidays.
Many evergreen trees, including hollies and magnolias decide to drop their oldest leaves around this time of the year.