There are huge wild magnolia trees growing all around our area. I never had to plant one. In fact, there are more than I care to have. Most of the blooms grow higher than one can reach to cut them. But now and then I do manage to reach a few and cut them to put in a vase.
They are a part of the southern culture and are the state flower for LA and MS.
I often take them for granted and they are finished blooming before I go searching for a fresh bouquet.
The large leaves stay green year round and I have used just the stems of leaves in wreath projects and other home decor.
I've cut a bloom for a vase today and am going to remember to enjoy them this season.