The Yulan Magnolia is a Jewel in Winter's Crown at Vaucluse House
It seems also that the flowers appear magically overnight. One afternoon I’ll walk past and there’s no sign of life. The following morning when I arrive flowers have begun to open.
Our start time in the gardens is 7am, and at this time of year it’s the absolute crack of dawn. This is my favorite time of the day, and I think it’s the best time to admire (and photograph) this tree.
A clear sky at first light makes for the perfect back drop to contrast against the branches, and the pure white flowers in the cool air with the dew catching the soft light is sublime.
Unfortunately, flowering doesn’t last long. After three weeks or so they’re fading, and if we get heavy weather flowering time can be reduced. But if you’re around Vaucluse House during July you’ll see one of the most beautiful flowering trees in this fair city.
The Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata) is without peers in the winter gardens of Vaucluse House.