I received an message asking me what's the first thing I do when Spring arrives? My crypic response was that as I live in England, it's hard to know when Spring gets here, and for how long it intends staying. I received several mails back decrying my cynicism, so to show I do have a spirit of life renewal, here is a photo of the magnolia in my garden.
I must admit, it does look lovely and I'm looking forward to when it's in full bloom - the gardener on the other hand [he came with the house] says it's a nightmare when it sheds! Oh well!