Enjoying spring and frozen yogurt

Another sunny spring day in the People’s Republic of Davis. After 6+ hours of yard work that had everyone pinching in—including the girls—we treated ourselves to frozen yogurt at Davis Commons in downtown. As is our custom, we walked over to the UC Davis Arboretum Terrace next to the Borders book store where we enjoyed our frozen confection surrounded by the sights of springs. I had last been to the Arboretum Terrace at the beginning of March, and compared to then, many more plants were in bloom. The big surprise was the stunning tulip magnolia outside the garden proper, nestled against the Borders building. Its blossoms are floral perfection.

Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) and leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’). Coincidentally, I planted three farfugiums in our backyard today.
Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) and
lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Sprenger’s asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’) looking particularly great after all the rain we had
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Turkish madrone (Arbutus andrachne) and
Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis)
California lilac ‘Ray Hartmann’ (Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman’)
California lilac ‘Ray Hartmann’ (Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman’)
Spider aloe (Aloe x spinosissima)
Tulip magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora)

How is spring coming along in your neck of the woods? What is your favorite spring flower/shrub/tree?


  1. The variety of flowering shrubs and trees in California always impresses me. That seems like such a nice public space!

    Apparently it's the only place you go when you leave the house too. ;-)

  2. Alan, it's the one place I always take a camera to, that's why you see so many pictures :-).

    If we had a larger lot, I'd definitely become a shrub and tree person.

  3. That asparagus fern is just crazy! Now I'm going to have to see if I have a place to squeeze one in somewhere.

  4. David, I'm not fond of the regular asparagus fern that looks like a weed but this 'Myersii' cultivar is something else! Beautiful and sculptural. I'll definitely buy one if I ever find one.


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