Every state in the US has a state flower, and magnolias are Louisiana's. My home state, Massachusetts, has the Mayflower. There is an old rhyme that goes
April showersWhen I was a kid, living in Massachusetts, we always added, "What do may flowers bring?" And the answer is "Pilgrims." I think only kids in Massachusetts understood that play on words.
Bring May flowers.
The scent of magnolias is very sweet, sometimes a bit too cloying. Shelita lives in Louisiana but she can't recall seeing magnolias of late. She does, however, recall the fragrance. It is a scent not easily forgotten ... one much stronger than the flower itself.