As spring advances, rhododendrons are beginning to bloom. They thrive in the Blue Mountains, to the extent that the neighbouring town of Blackheath holds a rhododendron festival every year with open gardens and other attractions. Two houses along the street from us, these magnificent specimens currently dominate the backyard. I've deliberately included the edge of the house in one photo and a corner of the garage roof in the other to give a indication of scale.
Speaking of spring, Australians go by the calendar and nominate September 1st as the first day of the season, rather than opting for the equinox as Canadians do.