A couple of months ago I promised to post pictures of my Michelias when they came into full bloom.
Well I was in the garden this morning and saw heaps of petals falling around my six lovely small trees and thought I'd better get moving or I'd miss out this year.
So, out with the camera and these shots are the results.
This pic shows just one tree of five that make an informal hedge at the back of my house. They're 4m high and really provide protection against our western sun which can be very fierce in Australia's summer.
These are Michelia 'Bubbles', a cousin of the Magnolia family that as you can see, come out in masses of creamy-pink cups. The flowers have a citrus perfume and are preceeded by luscious looking deep brown velvet covered buds about 2cm long. These nestle among rich dark green glossy leaves.
Some of the petals that have fallen recently. These delicate gifts of nature were Michelia cups but a short while ago. I don't know how the trees held them all!
Thanks to my lovely daughter Lynne for selecting these magic plants for my garden.