It’s still January, and the recent storms have caused numerous springs and small waterfalls to appear all over our hillsides.  However, a number of our plants seem completely unphased by the unstable winter weather, and are marching steadfastly toward spring.

Our newly planted Catalina Currant is starting to bloom!


Catalina Currant (Ribes viburnifolium)

The bracken ferns are slowly beginning to unfurl.


Western Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

A Rhododendron promises a bounty of blooms.


Rhododendron sp.

Like many gardeners, the Satsuma Plum tree is clearly impatient for spring!


Satsuma Plum

The daffodil bulbs we planted last fall are emerging in the orchard.


'Dutch Master' Daffodils

New leaves are emerging on the wild Wood Roses near the creek.


Wood Rose (Rosa gymnocarpa)

The Bay Laurels are already starting to bloom.


California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica)

This Ceanothus will soon produce masses of pale lavender-blue flowers.


Ceanothus sp.

The native Pink Flowering Currant is starting to push new growth…


Pink Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum glutinosum)

…but the new Western Sword Fern fronds aren’t quite yet ready to awaken.

Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

Unfortunately, not all the new growth in the gardens is welcome.  Our invasive French Broom, yet again, rears its ugly head…


French Broom (Genista monspessulana)

At the moment, the signs of spring here are small, but they do convey so much promise of what is yet to come…