Magnolias are among my favorite flowering trees. We planted one at our house. Although it’s growing rather slowly, the flowers are spectacular when in bloom. Most of the magnolias around us seem to be pink, but I’m told that white magnolias are also common. Unlike our young magnolia these are mature trees on the site of an old mansion. I don’t know which I like more: the profuse blooms on the tree or the scattered petals on the ground.