Spring has finally arrived, despite the cold easterly wind. The pink Magnolia Stellata is blooming at the front of the house to welcome all that arrive. Difficult to get a good photo with that wind blowing the delicate petals around. If the wind drops I will try again. This is one of my favourite shrubs, it holds on to its buds all through the snow and ice of winter and then unfolds them when milder weather arrives. Every spring I make a resolution to paint it, if only there were more hours in the day.