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.
I am so very grateful for spring’s arrival. It is a magical season bursting with promise, inspiration, and optimism.
19 thoughts on “GratiTuesday: Spring has sprung!”
Spring is magical! Here in the east it’s the season of hope and outrageous color! Love your flowers.
Since we’ve had a false spring here for awhile, I think our plants are a little confused. The plants started blooming early and I’m hoping the colors don’t fade too soon; they are really lovely.
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 🙂
I love watching the hummers and the bees dart about. The flowers are a gift for our eyes (and sometimes noses) but for them the flowers are life itself.
Living without snow and ice is such a wonder. All hail blue skies and sunshine (though a little bit more rain wouldn’t be bad)
I have never lived in the snow but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t like it very much (I’m a real baby about being cold). But, yes, more rain please.
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!
They sound beautiful! Having a blustery season makes spring all that more wonderful!
You should do a whole ‘series’ on Tiki Mon throughout the year!!!
Haha! I love my Tiki Mon but spring is really the only time his “hair” looks any different. Most of the time he is pretty tame.
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.
I love reading about the various seasonal experiences on other people’s blogs. I can’t say that I envy those who have snow but at least you have definitive evidence of the seasons.
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!
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!
They really are stunning. And helping the bees and birds is a huge bonus!
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 🙂
The weather has been lovely. Part of me wants rain (I really do!), but part of me wants this spring weather to continue. Moisture supposedly due next week… we’ll see.
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.
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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