This is a photograph from 7:30pm in the evening (on Sat. April 2–when I was taking a break from working on the redesigned site that continues to challenge me with issues), with sunset light bathing the flowers of this Magnolia near the entrance to the Botanical Garden. It has been an odd year for magnolia blossoms at UBC; the earliest-flowering species and cultivars were damaged by frost and were flowerless, while those blooming a little later have persisted for a long time with the cool spring. It is still a great time to visit the Garden to see them this weekend, something that can’t be said every year on the third week of April.
In the Magnolia Society‘s checklist, the origin and description of this cultivar is summarized, as follows: [Magnolia sprengeri], cultivar (Magnolia 20(1) [Issue 37]: 16, 1984). ‘Plant characterized by the deep red purple coloration of the blossoms. Originated at Savill Garden, England’ Registered by John Bond, Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, U.K. (Magnolia 18(2)). (Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ seedling).
Additional photographs of flowers from this individual plant can be seen in this thread on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums: Magnolia sprengeri ‘Eric Savill’.