Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm Just Not That Into You, Edith...

Oh Edith... 

We've been testing the waters for four years, but I think we need to take a break.

I realize that's not a lot of time to get to know each other, but, I have to tell you... I'm just not that into you.

2010 - Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue'
At first, I thought it would be a great relationship. You were cute enough in the beginning. Your evergreen leaves and pretty fragrant flowers seemed appealing. I thought you might eventually block the hot afternoon sun with your 40' height.

Now I feel like you're more of a "friend" than a pretty flowering tree to me.

Over time, your open shape just wasn't getting me excited any more either.

The one bloom you had this summer turned brown before it even opened. Had I known your flowers would only last 1.5 to 2 days before turning brown and falling off, I probably wouldn't have dated you to begin with.

I tried to ignore your nasty habit of dropping your leaves in summer.

It has been great getting to know you, but I think I need to spend time with other trees. 

I'm sorry to see you go, but I think you need to move out.

Branches removed!
 I'm sorry things didn't work out.

Left some stump for leverage when digging out later.
Perhaps some other pretty young thing will come along that will bloom longer and be far more satisfying to take your place?

It's not you, it's me.


  1. No one will hold it against you that you dumped Edith. She demands a long term commitment and will test your patience to the breaking point. She seeks a suitor who thrives on rejection and disappointment, and who wants to be that guy? I say you did the right thing.

  2. You've taken a page from Mitsuko's (my mum) book ! Funny …she's just had another tree taken down for leaf drop.
    In this case I agree Edith wasn't for you .

  3. Ha! Funny. You tried. You really tried, but she just took and took until you had nothing left to give.

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  5. Sorry it didn't work out but there are plenty more fish in the sea - I mean lots more trees in the nursery. Have you considered Magnolia macrophylla? Deciduous, so it'll let the sun in in the winter, beautiful big leaves, gorgeous big fragrant flowers and cool cones in the fall.

  6. Oh, someone else could have loved her -- Craigslist next time! I have an Edith Bogue too. What I really want is Kay Parris -- foliage is more dense, with interesting coppery pink tones, and longer bloom. Where oh where to find this tree in Portland?
    -Julie, portlandtreetour