Above are two of my favorite plants--cerinthe (which was actually evergreen this Winter, it was so mild) and the illusive checkerboard fritillaria which I have planted three times. This is the first year I have seen a bloom, and what a bloom it is!
The color theme in my Spring garden is yellow and purple, though by Summer it will have shifted to hot colors of orange and red. This is a pairing that brings me so much joy. Our neighbors have a small grove of these dark purple lilacs which have never been pruned and reach two stories high. I have never seen such an impressive display of lilacs. I trained my banksia rose up into the lilacs and this is the view out my livingroom window.
I mentioned my tropicals and here is one of my favorites, starting to grow by leaps and bounds. The Chinese Rice Paper Plant loses most of its leaves here in the Winter but quickly springs back. This is a baby from the mother plant that's just in its second year. I expect it to grow several feet this Summer. I love sitting under these giant green umbrellas!
On the South side of my house I have palms and Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, which is a contorted hazelnut and so much fun during the Winter. It is just setting its leaves now so you can't see all the cool corkscrew branches very well.
The white flowering dogwood is in full bloom now. This tree is a not stop party. I love it's autumn leaves, it's red berries, it's ethereal white flowers, it's beautiful Winter bones. And underneath are the Spanish bluebells that I have a love/hate relationship with. They are always appearing where I don't want them but I do love the little ring they make at the base of the dogwood.
Also on the South side of my house are my veggie patches. Not a whole lot going on there at the moment--just some seeds getting going, celery that overwintered, and some young lettuces and radishes. I use chives to line my garden as seen above and those are about ready to flower. The mint is so invasive so I only grow it in containers and even then you have to watch it. I'll share more of my veggie patch soon.