I Saw My First Blossoms on a Tree in Burlingame Today!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker - Vista Village BRE01343201

Tulip Magnolia treeI saw my first blossoms out today while driving up Truesdale Blvd. in Burlingame.  I always get excited when I see them, and today it was the Tulip Magnolia popping out in flower.  Wow, it's the middle of January and spring flowers are beginning to come out and it's one of my very favorite trees in blossom first, too.

For those of you living in other parts of the country, this is not unusual.  It is not because of Global Warming.  It is quite normal for our part of the world. In fact, I expect to see more blossoms on trees within the next couple of weeks, and then the first of the bulbs will sprout. 

I think those of us who are native to California, and the San Francisco area, don't realize how unusual this is to the rest of the world.  Our temperate climate allows us green grass 12 months a year.  Snow falling on the ground is rare, in fact, it hasn't snowed here since 1976.  Sure, the hills get dustings annually, but on the ground around here?  Nah, that's rare.

If you're looking out your window and seeing a lot of snow, and dealing with below zero weather, think of us. While we shiver in 48 degree weather, you'd think that was balmy.  We complain of cold weather because it's not what the temperature tells us, it's the fact that we have a damp bone penetrating cold, that is felt deep inside of us and we shiver.  So, stop laughing, okay?

Remember, we see spring flowers months before the rest of the country.  Add this to one of the reasons the Peninsula is one of the best places on earth to live. 

Comments (4)

Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK
Hi, Lenore: Great post.  I noticed you were right under me in the "blogs" roll.  You're watching flowers bloom... and I'm clearing 10.5" of snow off my driveway. haha.  What a difference a few miles makes. :) 
Jan 17, 2008 06:20 PM
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Nineteen years of excellence!
Wow! I can't wait to see a blossom it will be months yet! I am feeling envy now.
Jan 17, 2008 08:39 PM
Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor
5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI
I don't have blossoms, but the snowdrops and crocuses are sprouting.  That's always a joyful thing for me.  It may be a snowy January, but spring is coming.
Jan 18, 2008 12:21 AM
Lenore, funny but yesterday I noticed a jonquil blooming in my yard..I'm in San Jose...and I felt so lucky to live in our part of the world.  I think of moving sometimes but where ?  We really do have a wonderful spot on our planet.  I am ready for spring! 
Jan 18, 2008 02:41 AM