I was barely home in time to see my magnolia tree in bloom this year. The wind had taken most of the flowers, but a few were spared... I missed it last year too. My son questioned why I would grow something that I never get to see bloom. For me it goes way back - my great grandmother had 2 magnolias in her front yard. They were beautiful old trees with twisted branches, framing her front door. We talk of comfort food, maybe magnolias are comfort trees to me!