GratiTuesday: Spring has sprung!

Even though most of us in Southern California hoped the predictions of a wet El Nino would come true (and we still have our fingers crossed), the rainfall we’ve experienced has been underwhelming. Except for two memorable days of torrential rain in early January, our winter – overall – has been pretty mild.

On Sunday, when it officially became spring, we were enjoying the same blue skies and mild temperatures we’d had been experiencing for a long time. Regardless, seeing “First Day of Spring” on my calendar made me almost as happy as someone enduring a winter of freezing temperatures and snow would feel.

We’ve been seeing evidence of spring all around us for several weeks. Flowering plants are announcing the new season with cheerful colors and gentle fragrances and trees are starting to burst into clouds of blooms. The bees and hummingbirds are buzzing frantically from one flower to the next as if they are worried it could all suddenly disappear under a pile of snow.

Our Grevillea Long John’s whimsical pink blossoms are a favorite of bees and hummers
Our Grevillea Long John’s whimsical pink blossoms are a favorite of bees and hummers











It looks like we’ll have another bumper crop of blueberries this summer
It looks like we’ll have another bumper crop of blueberries this summer











Even Tiki Mon is displaying spring flowers in his hair
Even Tiki Mon is wearing spring flowers in his hair











I am so very grateful for spring’s arrival. It is a magical season bursting with promise, inspiration, and optimism.



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19 thoughts on “GratiTuesday: Spring has sprung!”

  1. I agree with your statement about how magical spring is. It holds so much promise and potential … and the flowers of course are a gift 🙂

  2. I LOVE this time of year! My daffodils are in full bloom, my forsythia is gorgeous, and I’m looking at my flowering star magnolia out my window! We’ve survived the blustery season and are headed toward summer!

  3. Your flowers are lovely!

    Illinois is rainy this week, but Michigan welcomed spring with a snow/ice storm yesterday. I was there (home) for the weekend and was delighted that Mother Nature waited until I left to dump on them.

  4. Spring always makes me feel so alive! Those pink Long John’s are wonderful, Janis. I’ve never seen them before, but I love them!

    1. I think Grevillea is an Australian shrub. Since our weather is similar (just at opposite times of the year), their plants do well here. I love the shape and color of the blooms as much as the hummers and bees do!

  5. You are so right, Janis, about spring being a magical time in SD. It really is! This time last year we were down there for a week and got to go paddling on Mission Bay, walked around PB with my step daughter, attended a luau out in East County and these days seem to epitomize SD. Crossing my Nor Cal fingers for you all 🙂

  6. Bummer to hear that you haven’t gotten the rain you’d hope for during the winter months, but it does look like you are having a lovely spring. I am having ‘spring’ envy down here in the Southern Hemisphere. I haven’t had a good NYC spring (or fall) for that matter since 2012 and I miss that joy of tulips and cherry blossoms (or fall foliage that is worth talking about. I know, boo hoo, my life is so hard. But just sayin’, sometimes you have to sail away to be grateful for what is waiting for you back home.

    1. It must be odd to be somewhere that May – August is actually fall and winter. As I am looking forward to summer, you are starting to wear heavier clothes. I’ve seen some gorgeous pictures of the cherry blossoms back east… I can see why you miss that.

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