Early Spring

Indeed, Spring has arrived in beautiful Southern California.

Regardless of how many lettuce and radish sprouts that mushroom in their plots, it doesn’t feel exactly like spring until the cherry and peach blossoms stretch their petals.

The continiuous cycle of rain and frequent sunny days over the last few months really nurtured the blossom buds to their full, plump capacity. This years bud count was tremendous, it’s hard to keep up after counting to 100. Do we really do that? Count our flower buds? Yes, we do. And consider us addicted, guilty and geeky.

We can’t keep up with the lettuce, mizuna, sugar and snow peas and seem to go through this every year. In fall, we seed the plots with a small handful of seeds. What seems like such small volume back then explodes into a carpet of edible greens in Spring. Never under-estimate the power of a few humble seeds.

And it’s time to offer the mailman some veggies again!


Sierra visits the daffodils and rosemary

sweet onions peeking out

peas and Sierra with her lip stuck

salad of lettice, arugula, mizuna


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  1. Chrissy

    I have absolutely fallen in love with your blog… It is a beautiful and inspiring escape for me… I also wanted to pass along the name of a company that you may or may not be familiar with – Woodland Fairy Acres (www.WoodlandFairyAcres.com). Your post made me think of them… They have a line of scone mixes and marshmallow mixes in a variety of flower flavors. I have had the pleasure of trying a number of their products and I thought you might just get a kick out of them! Happy Spring and I look forward to your continued posts!!

  2. Roberta

    Hi Diane

    I’ve been following you now and then and I really love your recipes and photos!
    I also found your videos and tips abot photography really useful, thanks for sharing,

  3. Pudding Pie Lane

    I love your photography, especially the flowers (are they Cherry Blossoms?) 🙂

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Thank you. These are actually from one of our flowering peach trees. The flowering cherry is just now starting. We may have to put up some pictures of it too!

  4. Jenn

    Love the cherry blossom photo! You have such a beautiful garden.
    PS: Cute dog :).

  5. Jess

    Hi all-
    I just saw your lovely article in Sunset and I’m wondering if you or any of your readers have a suggestion. My boss has been growing some lemons and limes, alternately indoors and outside seasonally. And they have developed a persistent case of Scale. You had some suggestions on how to address other conditions in the magazine — does anyone have experience combating this on citrus?

    Many thanks and am enjoying the site tremendously!

  6. Lori @ Lemons and Lavender

    Stunning blossom photos! I just shot some pictures of the fruitless purple plum trees that are going crazy in my neighborhood (near Ventura). I wanted to get to them before the rain knocked off all the blossoms.

  7. Mrs Ergül

    One of the things I want to do in this life is to have our own garden and grow our own crops! What lovely spring!

  8. colleen

    Yes, and it’s spring here too. Those delightful pink blossoms are marvelous and the acacia are bursts of yellow fluff all around here. 🙂 so beautiful!

  9. Jen Yu

    Shhhhhh!!! *I still have 2-3 more months of good snow season left*

    I’ll come visit you for the spring flowers, but don’t say it so loudly!! Our spring storm tracks deliver the best big dump snow days in Colorado 🙂

    Also, I *heart* cherry blossoms (and Sierra!)

  10. Nate @ House of Annie

    You guys are going to have a great California wildflower season this year. Hope you can take advantage of it and head out to see the carpets of California Poppy.

    I really do love Spring. The only thing that’s not so good are the weeds that pop up as well.

  11. Phoo-d

    One of the things I miss most living in the Midwest are the early West Coast springs. I find myself looking for daffodils in early March only to realize that no, it will be at least late May before they appear. The blossom photos are simply stunning!

  12. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    love the dog and daffys! sooooo precious 🙂

  13. Nicole

    This is just cruel and unusual punishment for your northernmost followers! It was 41 below zero when I woke up this morning and we will be lucky to see the first signs of spring in two months, and it won’t be until August before the peas arrive!
    If you keep posting this kind of stuff I am going to have to move! 🙂
    Enjoy your spring! It looks beautiful.

  14. Kitt

    Peas! Gee, I can’t even plant those until the middle of March, and it’ll be May before I see anything from them. You guys just know how to rub it in. 🙂


    happy sigh . . . coming here is like take a big deep breath of air; i feel rested, calm and filled. happy sunday guys and happy valentine’s day as well!

  16. Nancy-SpicieFoodie

    Your blog and photography is so inspiring, and your garden is dreamy. I would love to have all those fresh vegetables growing right in my own garden. Sadly I’m an apartment dweller in norther Europe, not a great combination 🙂 Happy Spring and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. Cooking with Michele

    It’s 60 and sunny here in Denver this weekend – warm enough to make a big dent in melting the foot of snow we had last week. I can only hope spring is near here too! (PS I look forward to meeting you both out here in CO for Food and Light 2011!)

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