Today being January 21st means one thing. Magnolia watch!!! On this day, from 2002-2008, the first Magnolia begins to flower within the garden.
2009 saw a delay of around 37 days to flower on the 25th of February. 2010 was even later (45 days later) on the 8th March.
If the flowers get any later we will start to agree with the text books and have spring at spring time and not late winter.
The buds are still tightly wrapped in their little furry jackets, which is all well and good as we have hit low temperatures of -5 again!
Keep checking back to see when the first flower reveals it self.