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…
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!
Happy Spring wherever you live!