Well, we never really got winter this year in Norcal. We did get some rain, and may get some more, but what we call “cold and wintry weather” (but really isn’t) never arrived. I guess it was sucked in by the polar vortex. Once the rains came, the plants came roaring back to life. The bees are working the wisteria, the roses are about to burst, hummingbirds are sprinting from flower to flower and the bluebirds flicker in the sun. We will take it.
Meanwhile, in the garden the greens look beautiful (taste good, too) and the blueberries are in flower. We have fennel everywhere and the artichokes are sending up canes. The herb garden seems to double in size every day (at least the mint). Excellent.
In the orchard, this is our favorite time of year. The citrus is at its best, with Meyer and Eureka lemons and Cara-cara oranges all looking and tasting lovely. Some seem to make their way into a few cocktails. And the stone fruit trees are starting to flower. Nothing prettier in the world….So much for winter. We will gladly take the spring.
Oh my yes! I’m so glad you all in CA are getting some rain. Your photos are glorious! My favorite season is at hand – even in CO!
Hi- we hope your spring is “springing”!
Beautiful photos! We are still buried under about four foot of snow here in northern Lake Michigan, but there is nice sunshine today tha makes me think of Spring. Thanks!
Sorry- it seems you guys got all of our cold weather this year…
Love the freshness of the coming of spring ! This morning the snow of melting and I can smell the earthy fragrance of spring approaching !
Thank you for your post ❤
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Delightful pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing! ❤️
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I am glad someone got a break from winter, I think the east cost stole your winter. 🙂 Great pics.
The east coast stole our winter and then got wayyyy more than they bargained for…;-)
This post just shows me how advanced your Spring’s are in comparison to the UK – the fruit blossoms have a way to go, but the Magnolia, with this warm weather should be in flower fairly soon.
It is an early year, even for us. Our magnolia are already losing flowers. The stone fruit are very early (hopefully not too early).
As it is, we are excited that blueberries are just weeks away. That makes spring “edible” here…
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This post is infuriating to people like me in the northeast who have been crushed with snow and blistering cold air! Ha! Beautiful pics though!
Thanks- our family out there is very “done” with winter. But, hey- you want seasons, you get seasons….
This new life is absolutely gorgeous. So encouraging to see!
We’ve had a wretched winter here, but yesterday the thermometer went up to PLUS SEVEN DEGREES CELSIUS!! I went outside without my big sleeping-bag coat! It was marvellous.
Thanks for posting these photos for us winter-bound folk.
Oh my, seems like a bad winter for everyone north and east of here (we don’t really even have big coats).
But the transition from “winter” to spring here still inspires. The greens of spring are just as vibrant as ever. And your part of the world is so beautiful, I would like to see it in spring…
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Rain in the forecast just hours away for NorCal. Sure wouldn’t hurt!
Well, we certainly got it…now everything is green- no complaints…