New tropical magnolia cultivars
There is a certain time of the year (used to be earlier before global warming, but these days seems to be early November in Brooklyn) when the first hard freeze date hits the weather forecast, and the obsessed, er, intrepid gardener is forced to deal with the large number of plants she/he bought during the growing season that aren't winter hardy.
What do I save? What do I have room for indoors? And most importantly, there's this new plant (plants) that I just gotta have; never mind that I don't have room for them, can't afford them, and my spouse/partner/family is going to kill me if I bring another plant into the house!
This year, the objects of obsession are some of the newer hybrids and cultivars of magnolia champaca that are coming out of Thailand. Anyone growing magnolia rajaniana, Sinuan or other champaca varieties? Indoors or out? Potted or planted? I doubt I'll chance ordering one during cold weather, but it gives me something to look forward to!