One of my favourite plants in our garden was introduced to me by that great plantsman and Magnolia specialist, the late Mr Nigel Holman who had a wonderful large specimen at Chyverton. It is the beautiful Magnolia wilsonii, a native of South-central China where it is becoming an endangered species due to deforestation. It has pendulous saucer-shaped flowers measuring between 3” and 4” with white petals and purple stamens. Best viewed from underneath, it has a delightful fresh fragrance. Our specimen has been flowering for about six weeks now and still has a dozen or so blooms alongside the seed pods from earlier flowers.