Sunday, 16 March 2014

Magnolios en flor

Magnolia 'Ruth'

Hoy es un día de sol estupendo. Muy temprano me fui a Wisley.

En este momento los magnolios dominan el jardín. Wisley mantiene una colección magnifica de estas planta, que van desde especies relativamente pequeñas, como Magnolia stellata, hasta arboles de 10 o 12mts.

Las flores ofrecen un espectáculo delicado al trasluz del sol mañanero. También destacan en contraste con las líneas de otros árboles todavía sin hojas. Preciosas!

Les dejo algunas imágenes, incluyo una camelia que me impresionó y que, en mi opinión, lleva un nombre muy apto: Camellia ‘Freedom Bell’.

Magnolia 'Purple Breeze'

Magnolia sargentiana

Magnolia 'Vulcan'

Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle'

Magnolia campbellii

Magnolia x soulangeana

Magnolia 'Hot Lips'

Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt'

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alba Superba'

Magnolia Cylindrica x M. Campbellii 'Darjeeling'

Magnolia campbellii subsp. Mollicomata

Magnolia x veitchii 'Columbus'

Camellia 'Freedom Bell'

Thursday, 13 March 2014



Dear Fernando,

Thanks so much for getting in touch with us. As we said, we really do appreciate your passion and concern, I spoke with our Director of Horticulture Richard Barley this morning and he emailed over the following:

“Sadly the Jubaea chilensis specimen in Kew’s Temperate House was senescing, and nearing the end of its natural life. Generations of horticulturists at Kew have lovingly nurtured this palm since 1846, however recent examinations revealed it to be in serious decline. As it had been grown in the artificial and protected environment of the Temperate House, transplanting it outdoors would not have been a viable option.

“We understand that this palm became one of Kew’s icons and meant a lot to our visitors, and we have successfully preserved its legacy through propagation. We are very pleased to announce that we have healthy Jubaea chilensis seedlings growing behind the scenes that will take their rightful place in the newly refurbished Temperate House when it opens in 2018.

“The care of the Temperate House’s world renowned plant collection has been our priority while preparing for the restoration project.”

In the future please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want any further information on Kew (

Kind regards,
  1. Dear Kew Gardens,

    Thank you for your prompt response.

    I am intrigued by Richard Barley’s statement that the Chilean palm was ‘senescing, and nearing the end of its natural life.’

    It seems a curious assertion since no one really knows how long these plants live for. Many have lived for several hundred years in their native habitat.

    Kew’s treasures are not strictly speaking Kew’s property - it is not just a technical decision (or a cost benefit assessment) what specimens are nurtured or destroyed. You are merely the keepers, for and on behalf of the public, of invaluable natural assets. You are not beyond public accountability, and quite rightly so.

    I am grateful for your interest, and I thank you for your appreciation of ‘my passion and concern’. I take it as a compliment, and not as a patronising statement of any sort.

    Thank you again.

    With my best wishes,