I can't wait for the magnolias to come into bloom. They are such miraculous flowers! I grew up in the mountainous West, and we had no such thing there, so when I moved East, they were a revelation. But they are incredible. When they bloom, I know Spring has officially sprung. Pinkish white and so delicate looking, emerging from what has to be one of the most gorgeous buds in the plant world. They are pretty in the winter too. The kind we have here has gleaming silver branches and trunk that look austerely lovely against the snow and the pewter-colored sky.