An ancient species of flower, magnolias are from a time when even honeybees didn’t exist. Magnolias are the quintessential spring flower, their coming heralding the end of winter and the beginning of a new year. Consequently, they’ve come to symbolise growth, life and rebirth in many cultures. The pale white colour of the flowers give them an air of purity, of perfection. For 20 million years they’ve bloomed in our world, and for 20 million more they’ll continue to do so.