[gardeners] spring walks

Sherryl Fawx (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 25 Apr 2002 14:38:28 -0700

Hi All,
I don't have a lot going on in my garden at home right now, but I walk
every day during my lunch hour in the UC Davis Arboretum.  This week has
been really special and I'd like to share some of it with you.  Lots of
spring things in bloom:  flannel bushes (Fremontodenron 'California Glory')
for one.  For those who aren't familiar with them, think of oak trees with
slightly fuzzy leaves and intense buttery yellow flowers massed all over.
The ceanothus is still blooming.  Western redbuds, Salvia gregii, rosemary,
lavender, acacias, assorted spring bulbs.  We see water birds as well along
the creek.  Mallard ducks, Canada geese, a few visiting cormorants, great
blue herons, egrets.  Most unusual of all for us to see were the rookery
trees of the egrets.  I've never seen egrets in trees before.  They are
usually standing in ones or twos along the waterway.  This was  amazing.
Hundreds of snowy & cattle egrets nesting all over these large trees (maybe
half a dozen old oaks).  It was a sight and sound I will always remember.

Davis, Calif.
USDA zone 9b