This winter has been an incredible one at JLBG for the mid-winter flowering, evergreen magnolias. Previously referred to as Michelia, there are a number of species from heat temperature Asian climates, which flower within the mid-winter. The plant within the high picture is our oldest specimen of Magnolia platypetala, and beneath is Magnolia macclurei…each planted in 1999, and in full flower in January. Clearly, we are going to unfastened open flowers if winter evening temperatures drop too far beneath freezing, however the the rest of the flower buds often open shortly after temperatures heat.
Additionally, the brilliant gold shrub within the first picture is the unique plant of our introduction, Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’…the plant from which all vegetation on this planet had been propagated. To the decrease proper is the Mediterranean native, Phlomis fruticosa ‘Miss Grace’. All in all, a beautiful winter backyard mixture.