祝贺大家新年好！ Deciduous Magnolias are having a prime 2013 in Southern California. All the trees I've seen have been loaded with flowers and look (and smell) glorious.
The above tree is in the neighborhood. At the Huntington this past weekend, with a big Chinese New Year Celebration going on, there were several dazzling examples as well.
Other trees at the Huntington were still asleep:
Not far away, a dying Coast Live Oak is under attack by a Monstera deliciosa:
Equaling the glory of the Magnolias, a Strawberry Snowball tree, Dombeya cacuminum was in full bloom for our visit, engulfed by a cloud of joyful bees. The tree has a lovely elongated oval shape...
...while the flowers are reminiscent of Bougainvillea:
Dombeya cacuminum is from Madagascar.