Our view from the deck. The magnolia was pretty small when we put it in about 5 years ago. It's been growing like crazy ever since. Since we're going for a multi-trunk canopy, we've been removing select branches each year.
By the way, our garden runs along the right side of this picture, through the gate and into the backyard. The yellow area behind the magnolia is the kids' swingset. That area to the left of our fence is our neighbor's patch of dead grass and wild garlic. Enough said.