I find it somewhat amusing that people disparage our mild winters,
saying that we have no seasons. Then they try to grow plants
(e.g., rosemary) that grow best in our climate and are totally
unsuited for areas that get snow in the winter.
My rosemary is a bush taller than I am. The trunk is about 3-4
inches in diameter with several branches more than an inch. It has
been growing in the ground near where my driveway meets the
sidewalk for more than 25 years. Right now, there are some blue
And yes, we do get fall color. Right now, in my neighborhood there
are trees, shrubs, and vines not only with the basic yellow (both
mustard and lemon), orange, and red but also gold, fire, pink,
rust, maroon, and burgundy. We get this without having to endure
snow, sleet, and ice. Thus, some of our color also comes from the
plants that are still flowering. My roses will continue to bloom
until I prune them in January.
Today, the temperature at 1:00pm was 86F with 24% relative
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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