Sacramento's spring has begun. There are still plenty of leafless trees and our record breaking dry winter (part of California's worst drought in 500 years) has left many homes, mine included, with dry, brown lawns. But it's not all gross to look at. Here's a peak at what has been blooming in my yard the last few days.
|A plum tree of an unknown variety. But I think it might be a Blue Damson or a "French Improved" |
No matter the type, the blooms this year were the first to proclaim the end of winter.
|One morning last week I woke up and saw a Camellia bloom. A few hours later there were a half dozen opening up.|
|The Japanese maple cultivar "Katsura" is almost always the first to leaf out in the spring. |
It starts out yellow with tinges of red and then turns lime green for a while before darkening a few shades in summer.
|This hydrangea managed to hold onto a few leaves from last season and is now putting on new growth.|
|The birds have returned and their voracious appetites made quick work of what I put out for them.|
|This pictures sums up Sacramento's Spring pretty well. There are plenty of weeds to attend to but since they are the greenest part of the lawn I might just decide to let them take over this year. Who needs a lawn anyway?|