As we approach the first day of spring, my garden in Southern California bursts with blossoms.
Two years ago in January we planted a Methley Japanese Plum tree at the request of my oldest daughter and the tree finally got its first blossoms this year:
The first of our four apple varieties is in bloom as well:
Much to my chagrin we do not have any oranges (what kind of Southern Californians are we?!) but we have lemon and lime trees. The lime blossoms smell heavenly right now:
My girls and I planted milkweed in hopes of attracting Monarch butterfly larvae. Many varieties of milkweed are toxic to vertebrate creatures and thus offer a natural protection to the caterpillars who ingest the toxins and make them taste bad to predators. In spite of the toxins, our first caterpillar (given to us by the garden center who sold us the plant) appears to have fallen victim to a bird.
Speaking of birds, this “bird” of paradise stands tall like a statue among the palm fronds:
The calla lily also reminds me of art — specifically of artist Georgia O’Keeffe:
The grapevines don’t have any blossoms yet but they are just starting to leaf out.
Nestled below the grapevine is our outdoor cat, Camo:
Currently there is one fruit variety ready for harvesting — avocado!
Last but not least, my organic heirloom tomato seedlings are hardening off (gradually getting used to the outdoors in preparation for transplanting) on the patio:
It’s a little ambitious to think I will have time to maintain a tomato garden and train for a marathon at the same time (and keep house and raise kids and blog and and and), but I’m giving it a go anyway!
Are you a gardener? Are you planning to grow anything this year?