Thursday, March 20, 2008


Happy Spring, one and all. This is always my favorite time of year. I'm old enough to remember when asparagus and strawberries, two of my most beloved foods, actually had seasons and only showed up in stores around this time of year, which adds to my love of it, even if you can get them year round now. Plus my birthday (April 5th, mark it down now, plenty of time for shopping) is right around the corner and I look forward to it every year like I was still 10 years old and hoping for a new bike.

January 1 seems like an odd time to celebrate New Year's when this season is so much more obviously the time of new starts. Even here in uber-mild San Francisco, we're all glad to have the wet season pretty much behind us, with all the flowers everywhere you look. The irises, poppies (yay) and the beautiful, beautiful purple clouds of ceanothus. The hills are bright green for the next couple of months before they fade back to their dun color. My garden, while still a shaggy mess, is suddenly filled with color, so to celebrate, I'm including a few closeups of some of my favorite plants.

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