So, then I expanded my search and saw the Magnolia 'little gem' magnolia far out in the middle of the yard. Sure enough, a large white bloom stared back at me.
And then I spied another, and another. I stood there for a while and absorbed the luscious scent.
Unlike many of the blooms in my garden, which are small and delicate, the magnolia bloom is bold and beautiful, it's creamy white petals like intricate porcelain saucers.
Since there are many of them on the tree, I plan to bring one bloom inside to float in a glass bowl and infuse the house with its heady perfume. Nature's potourri, there's nothing better.