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Spring is springing, soon to be sprung

Driving through the neighborhood I noticed that a lot of flowering trees are presently doing just that. Buds are bursting through the twigs of pruned rose bushes everywhere. Calla lilies are already blooming profusely all over the yard, as well as other perennials, perhaps in time for Ash Wednesday (…or Lent, about which I know via my Catholic, Lutheran and Presbyterian relatives) rather than Easter, which is when I generally expect everything to be in full flowery display.

image by BodieMor

I can even detect the scent of blossoming citrus trees, which means ours will soon be perfuming the whole neighborhood. And the wisteria always follows quickly in all its purple glory, rivaling our lavender lilacs. Oh yeah, and jasmine, three kinds, not to mention freesia, lavender and gardenias.

image by BodieMor

image by BodieMor

So spring is early again — due I suppose to the recent rains and current warm weather — when a walk through our yard is almost a painfully sweet experience. I love springtime — my favorite California season.

image by BodieMor

The year before last I took pix for my not-quite-fully abandoned Instagram account from which I will purloin some samples to display, pretty much, how things are beginning to look around here.

image by BodieMor

Incidentally, I always will be grateful to seren3 for calling (the very pregnant) me twenty-five years ago to coax us to come see a property “for sale by owner” that she and her then husband discovered on a Sunday drive. They had been cruising local neighborhoods and checking out open houses, knowing we were looking to buy, though not at such a distance from where we lived at the time in Studio City. But it was a balmy spring day and everything was in full bloom, hooking us instantly!

image by BodieMor

We moved in on Memorial Day and have never regretted our decision.

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iamshane487 wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:25 PM

beautiful flowers ! Wow !

bestwriter wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:42 PM

What a fantastic display. Spring is surely in the air and how? Where were you? Have not been seeing you here!!

j2jworkz wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:18 AM

Gorgeous, a nice change of pace from all the snow we have hanging around.

BarbRad wrote on February 18, 2015, 3:32 AM

It's mostly trees and bulbs flowering here now, but the sage is just getting started, too. We still have another month before spring, even though it's warm enough to be spring now. I'm a couple of hundred miles north of you, I think.

crowntower wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:20 AM

I think it is so wonderful to live in a house that has a lot of trees and flowers in the garden that is fully maintained LoL! I don't want any snakes in the garden. Hehehehe. But a lovely house with a tree and a tree house and full of flowers are so good, but I really hate seeing flowers mostly use in the funeral... I don't like the smell, its scary and sad as well. God bless.

Telynor wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:10 PM

Lovely flowers. Here in the NE, we're still buried in snow.

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 1:28 PM

Thanks! I love taking and editing pictures (even those that stand very well on their own!)

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:39 PM

Ah, life has been engrossing - to say the least - these days... I endeavor to get here to read and post as often as I can. emoticon :smile:

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:40 PM

Snow can make for the most beautiful pix though, lol.

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:54 PM

The weather has been cooling a bit now, but hopefully will stay warm enough for all this lush blooming to continue.

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 3:37 PM

I don't care for hothouse flowers (like those used in funeral displays). I prefer cuttings from the garden. The scents are sweet, light and not scary or sad...

BodieMor wrote on February 18, 2015, 3:38 PM

Thank you. emoticon :smile: Actually, when I was growing up in Canada I always preferred heavy snow to light dustings and slush...

cheri wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:09 PM

I love the images that you posted here. Are all yours?

snerfu wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:37 PM

You have made such a lovely presentation there, the flowers and the story together makes it intoxicating reading. Looking forward to Easter!

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Telynor wrote on February 19, 2015, 12:27 AM

In other words, if it's going to snow, SNOW! emoticon :winking:

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:01 PM

Yes, they are, and thank you for your appreciation!

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:22 PM

Yes, Easter welcomes a beautiful time of year. Thank you!

seren3 wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:58 AM

Your garden gets more beautiful every year!

BodieMor wrote on February 20, 2015, 3:17 PM

Aw, thanks, but this year the frosts caused some damage, especially with the bougainvillea...

snerfu wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:18 AM

Such lovely flowers indeed thanks for sharing.