First Day of Spring in the Neighborhood

Wisteria, a stunning harbinger of Spring, we are lucky to report is in full bloom on this first day of Spring in our backyard.

Today is the official start of Spring, though we’ve heard so much about the “super bloom” of dessert wild flowers and the migration of Painted Lady butterflies, it’s understandable that you could have thought it was already spring!  The chance of rain today may dampen things a bit, but it’s also the reason we have such wonderful spring flowers. Thanks to our wet winter, it seems like everywhere there is new growth and a profusion of bright green leaves.

Inspired by our namesake creatures to visit flowers, we are leaving our apiary today to visit the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, which should be full of blooming camellias.  The garden was once reserved for the enjoyment of an aristocratic Pasadena couple, in the 1930s, as a private estate garden and hidden from view for decades. Newly restored, the garden has been re-imagined as a space to be shared with the public. Look for some images on our Instragram later today.

We hope you will have a chance to get outside and celebrate spring in your day today. We were lucky to find these lovely blooms outside our door early this morning.

Rosa banksiae or commonly know as Lady Banks Rose or Banks rose covers this railing with delicate spray roses.
This purple Wisteria, one of the most spectacular sights in the garden, is an early bloomer.
This Quercus agrifolia, commonly know as the California Live Oak,  is blooming with male flowers. These pendulous catkins are described as slim, cylindrical flower cluster (a spike), with inconspicuous or no petals, and cover the grove of trees in our front yard.
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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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