The Magnolia has been stunningly beautiful this year. I planted it as a small stick about fourteen years ago. The intellectual knowledge that something so small could become so large, and so quickly, does not prepare one for the reality. It has the potential to be double this size, eventually.
Last year, a hard frost blasted all the buds, over several successive nights. This year the unseasonable warmth has allowed us to enjoy a bounty of these gorgeous chalices.