Magnolia soulangiana. This could be my favorite tree and the flowers are just starting to pop.
The same tree as above. You can see how many flowers have already opened. This time last year we only had about half of what is shown here across the whole tree. Notice the sunny blue winter sky.
Hellebores are also starting to open. We have several different types in the Parkville garden.
Another Hellebore. Not sure of the variety but I'm fairly sure we sourced them from 'post office farm nursery' which is a grower up in Woodend near my home. They have open days on Sundays this time of the year. A link to their website is below.
The annual bed is loaded with new plants. I planted Kale, Violas, Pansies, Cinerarias and Stocks. I also cannot bring myself to remove that small bunch of violets that have self seeded in the front of the bed. In a mont or so this bed should look fantastic.
I discovered this plant in flower whilst pruning some nearby Wisteria. It is called Luculia and its perfume smells amazing.
The good old Salvia plant keeps flowering year round not just in winter.
Several bulbs have popped up out of the ground and this Jonquil seems to have beaten them all and flowering first.
Below is a Strelitzia or 'bird of paradise'. These plants are a common sight in many Melbourne gardens. They are tough plants which do not need much water.
Another one of my favs is the Kniphofia plant pictured below. The ones I propagated and planted at home have still not flowered but the ones in Parkville are in full bloom.