Moonlit surprise

John_D(USDA 8b WA)December 20, 2003

I finally had the time to edit a year's worth of digital photos, including a series of moon garden pics. White and pale-flowered perennials -- primroses, daffodils, daisies, Davidia, and Japanese anemones -- showed up very well, of course, but so did magnolia blossoms. I don't know why I hadn't thought of magnolias as "moon garden flowers, but they provide not only blooms that "glow" in the dark, but also give structure to an amorphous mass of perennials. Besides the big southern magnolia blooms, the flowers of Magnolia officinalis, star magnolia, oyama magnolia, and such hybrids as 'Leonard Messel', 'Elizabeth', and 'Yellowbird' can glow like lanterns. On very bright nights, even my darker magnolias -- 'Randy', 'Rustica Rubra', and 'Susan' stand out in the moonlight.

Right now, in the "off season", white-flowered camellias keep the moon garden alive.

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john, your moon garden sounds glorious. might you post a few photos as inspiration for the rest of us?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2004 at 11:56AM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

I'll check and see if some of them are of a high enough quality and post them.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2004 at 1:51PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

To see how my star magnolia looked in last spring's moon garden, click on the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 11:51PM
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I remember when you first started posting pictures of your garden. Spring is around the corner.....

    Bookmark   January 19, 2004 at 10:16AM
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