Magnificent Magnolias Are In Full Bloom

All around our neighbourhood the Magnolias are flowering bright and proud in beautiful hues of pink and white.

B​ecause of the Magnolias' ​sweet, creamy and light floral scent, ​the magnolia has been used in perfumery for centuries. It was named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. 

Considered a classic floral fragrance, the scent of magnolia ​has notes ​o​f a sweet floral punch like a rose, but with a citrusy lemon edge and a slightly earthy, musk undertone.

Gorgeous March Lilies

These beautiful lilies are flowering in all their glory in gardens at the moment.

Pink Rose in the park

Pink Rose The perfect pink rose in the Woolongong Botanic Gardens, such a beautiful place to visit and so much to see

The Unusual Flannel Flower

Flannel flwrs The flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. An unusual feature of the flowers is their ‘flannel’ texture. The petals are actually modified leaves, usually called bracts. The true flowers form the centre of the flower. Although the flowers are daisy-like in appearance, flannel flowers are actually related to carrots, parsnips and celery The Flannel Flower is the floral emblem for New South Wales  

Sea Rose and the Carpenter Bee

Sea Rose and bbee The Sea Rose is such a beautiful flower, with its waxy and shiny petals it almost doesn't seem real. I was lucky to get this photo just as the Carpenter Bee was approaching.

Flame Tree

flame tree The Flame Tree also is also known as the Flame of the forest, is a beautiful tree with the fernlike green leaves and the masses of gorgeous scarlet flowers

The Passion Flower

Passh As we near Easter the symbolism of the Passion Flower brings us reminders of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The colours of the Passion Flower are generally blue and white which are said to represent the heavens and purity. The three stigmas are said to represent the three nails that were used on Christ's hands and feet to affix him to the cross. The five anthers are associated with the five wounds of Christ and the hundreds of filaments are said to represent the crown of thorns.

Marsh Pagoda

Leuc Sessi Love the colours of this Marsh Pagoda flowers, seen in the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens

Colourful Zinnias

Zinnias These gemlike, colourful Zinnias were an absolute magnet in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

Sacred Lotus Flower Bud

Lotus Flower Bud I loved the colour of this Lotus Flower bud that was peeping through the leaves.