Monday, March 21, 2011
We're having a beautiful beginning to our spring out here in the chaparral. Everything is greener than we've seen in quite a few years, all thanks to the rains, of course. Our yard, normally an arboretum of weeds, is now covered with a mixture of grass and other plants we haven't seen for years – and hardly any of the mustard and other noxious invaders of the dry years.
In the past few days, one of the signature plants of the San Diego chaparral – the blue ceanothus species – have erupted into flower at our altitude (around 2200', or 700 meters). Our hillsides have been painted blue. Last night on the way home from dinner, Debbie spotted a particularly gorgeous patch along Lyons Valley Road, just south of Barrett Lake. For the next couple of weeks these will be in full display.
In most years, by late March we have seen the end of our seasonal rains. This year's rains are continuing right into April, it seems. Woo hoo!
I've posted this. Obviously, it has changed very much for the better (click to enlarge). As always, I don't really know what the search index is telling me, but nonetheless I find it quite interesting...