In the mean time we noticed in the vacant lot next to us a beautiful Magnolia Virginiana, better known as a Swamp Magnolia or Sweet Bay. I don't know if this is the first time it has flowered or if we just hadn't noticed before. It is about 40 feet high and they grow up to 60 feet. If it weren't so big I'd have Mac dig it up for me, we know the owners and they wouldn't mind, but it's way too big. Mac did cut one of the flowers for me, it was nearly a foot across, unfortunately it turned brown in less than a day.
This is my Japanese Magnolia, pretty, but different.So I'll enjoy my little Magnolia and get me a big one!