Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Elizabeth makes her debut - again

This is magnolia season, a glorious time of year. I swear, my pink saucer burst into bloom literally overnight this week with the bright sun and warm temps. So did the white star magnolias all over the neighborhood. But look at this one. This is 'Elizabeth,' a pale, buttery yellow variety that's still little known among us ordinary folk.

Elizabeth makes her debut - again

This is magnolia season, a glorious time of year. I swear, my pink saucer burst into bloom literally overnight this week with the bright sun and warm temps. So did the white star magnolias all over the neighborhood. But look at this one. This is 'Elizabeth,' a pale, buttery yellow variety that's still little known among us ordinary folk.

The yellow magnolias bloom a bit later than the rest, and should be in flower by next week, says Paul Meyer, who sent me this photo of 'Elizabeth' from last year at Morris Arboretum. Morris has quite a collection of yellow bloomers. I don't know about you, but I'm going to get myself over there next week to see. 

'Elizabeth' is so elegant, you might think it's named for a queen. Alas, no. Might as well be!

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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