Irritating Plant of the Month - Magnolia Fairy Blush - again

Is it allowed to feature the same plant twice as irritating plant of the month?  The answer is of course yes, my blog my rules.  So I present to you, for the second time: Magnolia Fairy Blush.

This shrub first was shamed in November 2016, well this is not actually true, when I look back I have been lamenting this plant since 2014 when it was not long planted and already a cause of concern.
When I walking around the garden the other day, inbetween snow falls and beasts from the east 1 and 2, my eyes lingered on this Magnolia.  It was bought on a whim and started to fail fairly quickly.  In despair I dug it up and relocated it and for a brief moment it flowered and looked almost happy.  This was a brief brief moment.  It then resumed its sickly appearance.

I have fed this shrub fairly often and it does look a bit better now.  It does have some nice fat flower buds this year as well so why am I finding it irritating......

.... because I suspect it is all promise and will only lead to disappointment.  If so then my patience with it will be over.  Four years of hoping for improvement is, quite frankly, three years too many.  There are better shrubs I could plant in its place.

I will report back, but if it features three times in the irritating slot then it is a gonner.


  1. I feel your pain having procured one myself just last year, it’s in a pot looking rather dead.

  2. All buck and no bang. Quite agree, no time for sickly shrubs, but what a shame - it should have been a beauty and something to really look forward to in spring.

  3. I would give this plant an ultimatum! That works . Groetjes Hetty

  4. Dear Alison
    I have one of these and it is in a large tub. It did well initially but then suffered a bit of a check when the garden wall fell on it a bit and some surgery was needed. It was looking OK until the recent snow and now it looks a little more poorly. I am hoping it will recover as it has flower buds and is so pretty when it flowers. However, I have become more fatalistic about my plants as I get older, so if it doesn't come through, it will be out! At least you have given it fair warning...
    Best wishes

  5. So I’d love to know whether this improved in the last few years or you dug it up? I got one 2-3 years ago, and it’s alive….. that’s about it. Never seen a flower, not sure if it has actually grown!

    1. Hi - its still in the garden and it flowers quite well now. It hasn't put on a lot of height and I can't say I am wowed by it, but its doing ok

    2. Interesting to read as I bought a small one yesterday. Do you think it would be best to protect it in Winter, perhaps with fleece or straw


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