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Flower pics from walk at lunch last week

Friday, March 15, 2013


I was amused to have the OUTLAW teams QOTD ask if we were seeing flowers yet. I've been meaning to upload these from my phone to share. One day last week I decided to spend my half hour lunch walking around the block and then started taking pics with my camera of the flowers I saw.

These trees are pretty neat when they burst out in small flowers, then it "snows" pale pink. It looks even cooler on green grass, but I never take my phone when I walk Buster and that's when I see a similar tree surrounded by grass.

Another tree, but much larger flowers on this one. Can't see him, but there was a big bumblebee buzzing around quite happily -- one of the fat black ones that is as thick as the tip of my pinkie.

Spring's sentinel.

(Sadly overexposed -- just way too much sun at that time of day.)

The ubiquitous lawn invaders. The white ones (that are too bright there) were what we called "daisies" as little kids and plucked petals off of. It wasn't until I was older and growing flowers in a garden that I discovered real daisies have much thicker stems and all our failed attempts to make daisy chains suddenly were explained.

These are not the tiny, very deep purple flowers I've actually been trying to find. However, they were the first of dozens of purple flowers of all sorts of varieties I've been seeing ever since I mentioned a particular one I don't know the name of. I'm still looking for them. (I think I mentioned it in a thread to the OUTLAWS, but basically they are a very small flower and the color, at least in my memory, is a very deep blue-violet shade. I seem to remember them growing low like ground cover, not tall on stems. But I can't find any now that I'm keeping an eye out.

So there we have it -- Spring does come early in Northern California. (And the days getting into the low 70s are another sign of that.)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MSKIZ69 3/28/2013 7:00PM

    Those ARE lovely!! So glad spring is here (want more warmth!)so I can go out and enjoy them more emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 3/19/2013 1:09PM

    I love the pictures, it's starting to look like spring here in Colorado too. We don't have tons of flowers yet but they are starting to show up. Can't wait to be able to get outside more.

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SPARKFRAN514 3/17/2013 11:12PM

    emoticon spring is on the way thanks for sharing we don't have any flowers here yet but soon I hope was out for a while pulling weeks left overs from last fall i missed emoticon thanks again for sharing

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GOING-STRONG 3/15/2013 8:21PM


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LMB-ESQ 3/15/2013 7:19PM

    Pretty!! Is that a pink dogwood up top? I love those, they're beautiful. We have a couple of white ones that are nice too, but I love the pink ones.

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_JODI404 3/15/2013 5:55PM

    Beautiful!! I SO love Spring & flowers!! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 3/15/2013 3:16PM

    your photos make me happy. I've been meaning to upload photos from our Henry Coe hike last weekend! Have a great weekend --

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MIRFA71 3/15/2013 2:49PM

    beautiful and refreshing! emoticon

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SHERIO5 3/15/2013 12:48PM


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REALLY_ROBIN 3/15/2013 12:40PM

  The purple one's might be vinca minor....I can't see the folliage very well though.

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    Makes me anxious for spring. You must be in a warmer climate!

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ANGGEL40 3/15/2013 11:56AM

    Beautiful..its been in the 70s here all week.
Thanks for sharing!

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PKCTTS 3/15/2013 11:44AM

    Nice - thank you. I can hardly wait, we should look that good in about 3 weeks.

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JACKIE542 3/15/2013 11:27AM

    Great pictures. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/15/2013 11:23AM

    I have three of those pink trees in my postage sized yard and let me tell you....they are pretty, but man they kind of stink like dirty gym socks. LMAO

I do love Northern Cali spring time though. Makes it perfect for an early morning jog/walk.

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DIET_FRIEND 3/15/2013 11:20AM

    Pictures are great! I did that last spring on FB, showing pics of flowering trees in my neighborhood.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/15/2013 9:38AM

    Beautiful. It is like that here in Texas also. The redbuds are in full bloom also. They are actually pink. emoticon

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GINGERD03 3/15/2013 9:22AM

  Quite lovely-thanks for sharing-was nice to see some blooms-we still lots of nothing here in PA -I have a few little green leaves trying to come up in my wild flower bed. I'm so looking forward to spring, nicer weather & opening the windows. I so do miss opening the windows. emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 3/15/2013 8:39AM

    Spring has arrived in your area. Lucky you!! Thanks for sharing.

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KRICKET231 3/15/2013 8:35AM

    It's nice to see flowers. It's still cold and gloomy here in NY. I will not be seeing any flowers till the ending of April here.

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NERDLETTE 3/15/2013 7:15AM

    We have snow, snow, snow here, so I'm very jealous!! Thanks for sharing though - a hint of things to come here in Wisconsin. emoticon

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LIZZYP609 3/15/2013 6:46AM

    So jealous! I can't wait to see flowers here! Thanks for sharing!

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MUSOLF6 3/15/2013 6:06AM

    emoticon love spring

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BELLAMEMAW 3/15/2013 5:57AM

    Lovely - our tulips are 'up' but I'm sure it will be weeks before they bloom. Thanks for sharing. Pat

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MARYJOANNA 3/15/2013 5:48AM

  Looks like Spring is in the air!

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/15/2013 4:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 3/15/2013 4:25AM

    Thanks for that they are great!!

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