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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, May 14, 2011

{Our Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'}

  • One of our most prized trees and a very rare variety, is this double flowering Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'. 
  • It received its name from the French hybridizer Delaunay from Nantes, who made it commercially available in France from 1865 on.

  • It was exactly in 1711 when the Saint Michel, owned by merchant, shipowner René Darquistade, did bring back from Louisiana, USA this rare double and fragrant Grandiflora Magnolia. 
  • Following this arduous journey it struggled for twenty years. 
  • It should have been destroyed as it was not a happy tree with no flowers. 
  • But the wife of the gardener, out of love for plants, and by intuition, did plant it in a more sheltered area to protect it from the cold winds. 
  • Now it prospered and rewarded those that saved it, by blooming within a couple of years. 
  • This meant also the beginning of FAME, as the most famous botanical luminaries from the region came to admire and pay tribute to its immensely delicate double fragrant cream flowers. 
  • The rest is history: 
  • Nantes is long famous for its huge collection of some 500 magnolia species. You can read  here: Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' about our Namnetensis, at the French Magnolia Association of Nantes. Join me for a Garden Tour.

  • This photo shows the birth of a new leaf and a bud forming a fragrant double magnolia.
  • The species is native to the South of the United States from the Carolina's to Florida and till Texas.

  • Wish I could transmit its fragrance...
  • How must the French gardener's wife have enjoyed the fruits of her tender care! 
  • Funny that it came from Louisiana to France and we again got it from Louisiana!

  • Tell you what... I spray those magnolia leaves golden for Christmas decorations!
  • Now stepping back, so you get to see where this 'garden aristocrat' lives...

  • From our bedroom we can see it and each time we drive onto our driveway into the garage. The bedroom is on the second floor above. 
  • You see how scorched the grass is already from the drought and heat?

  • We only sprinkle the trees and shrubs; not the lawn...
  • Here you see the golden live oak Quercus virginiana 'Grandview Gold' (left); they came together from Louisiana.

  • Come October, you can see these bright red seeds...

  • This Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' has a perfect conical form and is huge already.

  • Now let's walk to the other side of our home where we do also have a Southern Magnolia, a Grandiflora that is not fragrant and not double; but nevertheless pretty.

  • Hope you enjoyed our Southern Charm!


  1. Dear Mariette,

    I adore your Magnolia tree, what a beauty and such beautiful flowers.
    I love Magnolia trees and only the other day went to the garden center and really wanted a pale pink one, but had to buy a Port wine tree, which I planted.

    Happy weekend

  2. happy weekend mariette!!!!!!!!!!!! a kiss from lory

  3. Liebe Mariette,
    was für tolle Fotos.
    Und dazu die Erläuterungrn. danke dafür. Ich schaue immer wieder gern bei Dir vorbei.
    Liebe Grüße

  4. Wow, Stunning!!!
    I have seen lovely smaller Magnolia both pink and white. But never seen this big fabulous one.

    Oh, finally I could see how huge and wonderful your garden is.
    Oh yes, really enjoyed the beauty of your Southern Charm.

  5. Wat heb je een mooie tuin met (voor ons dan) aparte begroeiing! Ik zou je heel graag onze tuin eens laten zien. Hij (of is 't zij) is vrij groot, met veel gras, hagen (taxus, buxus, beuk en haagbeuk) en bomen. En ja, ook een magnolia. Een 'heaven' voor vogels en dieren omdat we geen kunstmest gebruiken of onkruid spuiten. Tenminste niet op 't 'weidegedeelte'. Je bent altijd welkom als je in de buurt bent!

  6. All your trees are so beautiful Mariette! This is the problem with living in the Southwest part of Saskatchewan.... not enough lovely trees! Thank you for sharing yours!

    xo Catherine

  7. Ach Mariette, wat prachtig- heb je deze Magnolia zelf geplant- dan staat hij toch al een tijdje- wat een genot, zeg.Ik kan de bloemen bijna ruiken- heerlijk.De foto's geven de speciale structuur van de bloembladen - een beetje vlezig bijna - ook vreselijk goed weer.Ik heb altijd de neiging om er bijna een hapje van te willen nemen, het lijkt me reuze lekker ( maar heb het nooit geprobeerd ) hahaha!
    Mooi weekend gewenst.


    ps mijn word verification is DEPRI !!
    Ongelooflijk !!
    Ik heb een hele toughe week gehad op mijn werk en ben op zoek naar een andere baan !!!
    Dat kan toch geen toeval zijn, hahaha

  8. I am enchanted by the place where you live Mariette. I love it (except snakes heheh)

    Hugs and kisses

  9. Das ist eine wunderschöne Blüte !!!Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende .Lg Rosa

  10. It´s impresive!!! I also have a magnolia grandiflora shorter than yours and never could take pics of the flowers because they grow so high.
    hugs dear Mariette

  11. Lieve Mariette,

    Wat een enorme Magnolias hebben jullie in de tuin staan! Ik geloof dat ik ze nog niet eerder zo groot heb gezien. De bloemen zijn prachtig! Wij hebben sinds kort ook een Magnolia boompje in de tuin staan, maar die haalt de twee meter nog niet :-)!

    Een gezellig weekend & lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  12. What a beautiful garden..thanks for sharing! Enjoy the rest of your weekend..



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