First, a note to local readers before today’s brief entry: UBC Botanical Garden has launched its Workshops, Lectures and Tours schedule, and it starts with a free noon lecture this Friday by Ernesto Sandoval of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. Ernesto will be talking about the “Plant Diversity of Baja California”. Please attend if it fits your schedule!
Magnolia ‘Vulcan’ was originally hybridized by the New Zealand grower Felix Jury. Felix’s son, Mark, has continued to breed deciduous magnolias, and a listing of the cultivars developed by the father and son are here: the Jury magnolias. When a group of us discussed the colour of ‘Vulcan’ in the office a week ago, it was suggested by someone that ‘Vulcan’ would not have been on their list of recommended magnolias for local growing due to the colour being weak on some plants. However, after reading the account above, perhaps those plants were just too young: “Allow a couple of years to develop to true colour, size and form.”
With a bit of imagination, one might see the Vulcan salute in the first image of today’s entry. Live long and prosper.