This is Magnolia “Marwood Spring”; a more spectacular blossom would be hard to find and yesterday it was in its prime. As we sat eating our lunch in the cafe at Marwood Hill Gardens this tree was directly in my sight line. I could not keep my eyes off it, even when the homemade apple pie and custard was served. There was no alternative, my horticultural itch could not be salved until I possessed one, it was not frivolous but a necessity. There is no doubt that it will look sensational at Cliffe, although it is unlikely I will be around to appreciate its magnificence in maturity. However it is nice to think someone else will enjoy its splendour; if those gardeners who went before hadn’t planned for our future we would be much the poorer.