About Shelly Whelchel
Posts by Shelly Whelchel:
I say yes…I like do do everything I can to encourage blooming for the next year. The daffodil foliage begins to yellow after it blooms and looks unsightly to me. Leaving the foliage allows the bulb to store energy from the sun so it will flower the next spring. You can braid it or just fold it over and secure with a rubber band. Beautiful!
I like to incorporate wall fountains in my designs to soften a bare wall or to add soothing water sounds to a courtyard setting. You can add climbing roses for a traditional look or a stainless steel grid with evergreen vines for a contemporary effect. We construct them ourselves so that they work perfectly and are easily maintained. They actually get better with age!
The saucer magnolia is one of the most dramatic deciduous trees when in bloom. The flower buds are large and goblet shaped and cover the bare limbs before the leaves emerge in spring. The fragrant flowers vary in color from pink to white and are composed of six waxy petals that form a saucer when fully opened. The tree has broad green leaves during the summer and can reach as high as 20 feet. The height and shape depends on the variety you choose.
Prefers rich soil with plenty of organic material and proper drainage. Prune after flowering but before buds develop to maintain shape. Plant in a protected area to delay blooming. I like to plant them in an evergreen courtyard setting to display the blooms and to add green as a backdrop when it is leafless during the winter. Morning sun is ideal although it will grow in full sun and will bloom earlier which leaves the flowers subject to frost damage.
This is a wonderful understory tree and looks especially lovely when planted in groups. It is one of the earliest flowering trees to bloom and for me is the first sign of spring! You can also wrap the bare limbs in Christmas lights for an awesome display or install outdoor lighting under them to illuminate their pleasing form!