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True Blue Majority stole my idea for my KTK diary today by asking if there are signs of Spring where you live in today's CUA diary. Hummm.

Well I am doing a picture diary showing all the things in bloom right now where I live. We are literally 4 weeks ahead of schedule this year compared to normal years. But to be honest, there are no normal years anymore. Until about 7 years ago, I could predict the weather would be off and on rainy and hit a high in the upper 40's to low 50's right now. This was the case until the later part of April. No longer.

This year California had the warmest winter on record and, to date, the 3rd driest winter on record. Today it reached 76 degrees here, as it did yesterday. Luckily we did get some rain a couple weeks ago and have just over 50% of normal rain totals where I live (27 inches to date. Normal is 53 inches of rain yearly here). We are supposed to get a week's worth of rain starting tomorrow. Yay!

Here is what is in bloom around our place right now. All these pics were taken yesterday afternoon and this morning.


Wild Bleeding Hearts


Grape Hyacinth (we have tons of these)


Pale Blue Flowers on this speckle-leafed beauty

speckled beauty

Johnny Jump Ups

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More pics of our flowering plants after the orange KTK doily


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Purple Iris

Chinese Fringe Flower
Candy Tuft
California Poppy
Hyacinth (we have white, purple, red and pink ones)
Wisteria (starting to bloom already too!)

Stock (we have several colors)
wall of flowers
Yellow Rose
yellow rose
Japanese Maples (in very large pots already fully leafed out!)
japnese maple twins

Got proof of Spring where you live?

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