For those of you who don't live in California, Santa Ana Winds, according to the US National Weather Service are "Strong down slope winds that blow through the mountain passes in southern California. These winds, which can easily exceed 40 mph, are warm and dry and can severely exacerbate brush or forest fires, especially under drought conditions." They come from Southern California all the way up here to Northern California. Wednesday was cold, cold, cold. I got home from the gym and almost froze to death before I could change out of my damp clothes. It took me forever to warm up. I finally had to take a bath (rats) in Wellington's soaker tub. It's a jetless Jacuzzi. It's deep and contoured and I love it way too much. My second favorite is the rain shower head. Then, Wednesday night when I went outside, the winds had started up and they were warm. It's probably 20° warmer today. And tomorrow will be 20° cooler.
Fingers crossed that they've either learned better manners or they'll be busy elsewhere because Dot and I are going!
These are pictures of the Arbor Walk in Autumn. As loyal readers will recall, this is the first autumn for the Arbor Walk and I'm happy to report that it is chock-full of autumnal beauty.
The persimmon tree was beautiful but was disappointingly leafless by the time I took the pictures. All the reds in these photos come from the snowball bushes and the weeping Japanese Maples.
And what's up with this Daphne? Blooming in December? That aloe is from Morningsun Herb Farm and is very happy in this little succulent patch.
The magnolia is still very happy, even though it's no longer blooming. He needs a rest now and then so he can grow big and tall. Not too tall, though, since he's outside my kitchen window.