springtime in santa barbara

After a winter of record breaking rain, we had one of the prettiest springs I can remember since moving to Santa Barbara.  Yes, we do have seasons here in Southern California, although they are very different from New England where I grew up.  No late winter snow here!  Spring begins here in late February and early March with flowering fruit trees.

The lawns and mountains turned green for the first time since the drought began five years ago. Rose bushes that were pruned in January and February exploded into bloom in early April.  They bloom on and off for 10 months of the year but that first blossoming spectacle is the biggest!

Wild flowers are sprinkled throughout the hiking trails and it was a banner year for the bright orange California poppy.

The rains have ended now and the tall grasses are already beginning to dry out, but the town is awash in purple jacaranda trees and of course, those roses are still going strong!

Here are a few photos I took of our Santa Barbara spring…

Spring in Santa Barbara
Flowering branches are in abundance
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Happy lawns and trees all over town
Spring time in Santa Barbara
The yellow green hue is mustard seed. It covered the mountains and hills of California in great brushstrokes of color.
Spring time in Santa Barbara
Water lilies are blooming in this now full fountain and a Great Blue Heron seems to be enjoying the view.
Spring time in Santa Barbara
Plants spilling over into the sidewalk from the abundant winter rains.
Springtime in Santa Barbara
Poppies in a front garden
Spring time in Santa Barbara
Wildflowers along the hiking trails
Spring time in Santa Barbara
Wild flowers sprouting from nooks and crevices
Spring time in Santa Barbara
And then there are the roses…
Spring time in Santa Barbara
The roses at the Old Mission Santa Barbara are not to be missed!
Spring time in Santa Barbara
Even my own Iceberg roses had a banner season!
Spring in Santa Barbara
Happy plants downtown!
Springtime in Santa Barbara
These jacaranda trees are everywhere in Santa Barbara. When a breeze comes by it looks like a purple snowstorm!

One other noticeable difference in the spring season, is the appearance of the marine layer (a bank of coastal fog) that appears many mornings and sometimes lingers all day.  Here in the foot hills it tends to burn off earlier.  It helps to keep our temperatures from getting too hot.  We affectionately call it “May Gray” and “June Gloom”.  The weather can’t be perfect all the time!

Springtime in Santa Barbara
There is a mountain in that fog somewhere!

Happy Spring wherever you live!

seeing sea glass…

Let me start off by saying I’m not an expert on sea glass.  I won’t go into the different names and categories.  There are plenty of good books on the subject.  I am however, an insatiable collector (read addict) of these colorful frosted beauties tossed on the beach by the sea. Continue reading

when coastal living comes to call

So one day I get an e-mail from the homes editor at Coastal Living magazine wondering if I would be interested in being in one of their issues.  At first I thought it must be a mistake and how did they even find me?  Thank you Instagram!  A few months after that first e-mail, on three rare sunny days (it had been a stormy February), Coastal Living came to call at The Little Glass House. Continue reading

going back in time in big sur…

Months ago, I had planned a trip to Big Sur when my parents would be visiting me in Santa Barbara.  Our daughter and a friend were coming too.  Nature had other ideas.  With one of the wettest winters on record  (over 80″ of rain) and five years of drought, the damage was severe.  Mudslides, rockslides, and the loss of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge cut a major part of the beautiful Highway 1 and Big Sur off from the rest of the world. Continue reading