First bloom for my M. alba!

newgen(9 Central California)June 14, 2011

Walked out to the patio, detected a sweet fragrance I've been waiting for, and voila, 2 flowers. There are quite a few more buds on the plant. It's gonna be a fragrant summer. This is the earliest that I've gotten flowers.

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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

I lost my alba, maybe it's time for a replacement (lol).

Thanks for sharing! :)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 11:49PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Sorry to hear that. How did you "lose" it?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 12:13AM
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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

It was doing so well, until I transplanted it into a bigger pot and new soil. I was being aggressive (removed 50% of its root -- not a good idea ;)..) plus overwatering it so that didn't help, either.

Funny thing is, I did the same to my M. Figo but the M. Figo didn't even sulk. :)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 12:54AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Does M. figo have good fragrance? I'm looking to add more Michelia to my collection. Do you know anything about M. champaca?
Thanks,

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 12:50PM
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kemistry(8 - Oregon)

Figo has a wonderful fragrance.. smells like a fine banana perfume (The top notes have a strong nail-salon scent, but after that initial shock, the banana perfume is very nice and addicting.)

I don't have a champaca but I heard the scent is richer than alba?

(My egg magnolia is having a bud, I'll keep you update on its scent.)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 1:00PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Great, thanks!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 5:28PM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

I agree m figo has a wonderful fragrance, sweet and intense. To my nose, it is much richer than just banana scent.

You won't be sorry with this one.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 12:02PM
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