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This Seductive Pink Magnolia Was Named Riveting Rosie in a Naming Contest
Hillary T
This Seductive Pink Magnolia Was Named Riveting Rosie in a Naming Contest

We need help naming a plant again.

Not just any plant - a gorgeous new hybrid Magnolia with the cumbersome name of Magnolia sieboldii 'Colossus' x Magnolia insignis. (Now Magnolia Riveting Rosie™.)

I was tempted to name it Magnolia 'Seductive Pink' because that's how we refer to it in the nursery. I'll jut my thumb over my shoulder and say something to Mike in nursery-speak like, "that seductive pink magnolia back there is really growing great and rooting in well; the tops are almost finished."

Then I remembered we had a fun naming contest and now have Hydrangea Irish Lace happily monikered up. Let's do it again!

Naming is not my thing. I find it adorable when people name everything from their cars to a nice piece of wood with a live edge (yes, we sold a slab of southern red oak to a friend and she named it on the spot).

I accomplished all the naming for my lifetime when I named my dog Ruby. I'm tempted to name all consecutive dogs Ruby. With that confession, I illustrate how badly I need help. We need help.

To solve that problem, we ran a naming contest (with the permission of the introducer, of course). Out of a list of 34 names, Mike Dirr chose Riveting Rosie.

You'll see a few of the names below and on our Facebook page, but most of them were submitted as a "reply to" our email about the contest.

Thank you everyone for making this so much fun for us. Seriously, every reply was a thrill for us. We loved hearing from you.

Special thanks to Stefan Lura for Riveting Rosie. Stefan won a $29 gift certificate for the plant of his choice. Since he had already purchased this magnolia hybrid before it had a name, he chose Viburnum rafinesquianum 'Louise's Sunbeam'.

Happy Riveting Rosie Gardening,

Hillary & Mike



Rob Ferracane

This is a gorgeous Magnolia that I’d love to buy except that I live in zone 6. Still, the bloom reminds me of a bowl of Strawberry Cream garnished with a strawberry in the middle, so, that’s what I suggest you name it: STRAWBERRY CREAM. It looks good enough to eat.

Joy Chanin

How about Miss Princess? Always think of princesses when I think of pink.

Adrienne Williams

“The Fuschia is Bright”

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