About 12 years ago, when my son was in preschool, each kid was given a magnolia sapling to bring home. We planted it, then replanted it years later when we renovated our house and had to move it to a shady area. Then 2 years ago I realized the almost 2 foot tall magnolia tree needed more sun because it had not flowered yet, so I moved it again, to a spot right below one of my son’s windows where he can see it.
My son checks on his magnolia every once in a while and when I am gardening near it, I do too. Months ago I saw some fuzzy coverings of magnolia buds on the little “tree”. We were so excited – after all, it had been 12 years. A few weeks ago the buds slowly started to open. Other magnolias in our neighborhood that bloom even earlier had their flowers turn brown when we had a few nights of below freezing temperatures. But the little magnolia wasn’t ready to bloom yet and now has the prettiest flowers in different stages of opening. It looks like a kind of star magnolia.
Worth the wait.