I visited my friend slash garden guru Emma today and we visited some local public gardens together.
But first, I want to show you what spring looks like in her colorful, sun-drenched, California garden.
"A mast year for oaks in California," she said. Sure enough. Quercus agrifolia, coming up all over the place.
She's been working this wisteria for fifteen years, trying to get it tree-like. It's getting there!
I gave her this Coreopsis gigantea, grown from seed collected on Santa Cruz Island during a 2005 expedition by horticulturists from the San Francisco Botanical Garden. These are its first flowers.