I first noticed that the woody seed pods had opened and were dropping red seeds to the ground. Fuzzy buds for next spring's blossoms are already formed.
Then I noticed that the buds were starting to show color, and high in the tree, a bloom had opened.
Leonard Messell, a Loebner hybrid, is the magnolia that I have. In Tallahassee, FL in the spring, Dr. Merrill grows along portions of Capitol Circle, blooming snow white. These are much hardier than the evergreen magnolias that we grow here. They're planted in fall here, can be planted in spring. Further north, they are best planted in spring.