Our neighbour dropped by on the weekend with these beautiful dark red Magnolia flowers. Given that many of the well known dark red magnolias were bred here in New Zealand by the Jury family, I guess this may be Vulcan, or one of the hybrids descended from it. The flowers are enormous, and immediately suggested the addition of close relation, a Michelia, adding both beauty and scent.
Michelia ‘Bubbles’ is one of the strongest scents in the garden, even in windy wet weather sending a wet blast of perfume. Bred here in New Zealand by the late Oswald Blumhart, Bubbles is a cross between the large, floppy flowered Michelia doltsopa, and Michelia figo, the ‘Port Wine Magnolia’ with small scented flowers and compact growth habit. Michelias are now considered to be Magnolias, following recent DNA work, and the flowers are certainly similar.
It was dark rainy weather so I tried to catch a little more light by balancing the bowl on a limestone rock.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world deep red is glowing in vases of Dahlias at Rambling in the Garden