Photo Op: It’s Blooming Springtime on Our Hill — In March

An abutilon blooms in Oakland, CA, garden. Photo by BF Newhall

One of the abutilons we planted last fall — still drenched from last night’s watering. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s spring in our hilly neighborhood. Our magnolia tree is finishing up its annual blast of pink and white. But the daffodils are still going strong on the hillsides. And so are the camellias,

Varigated camelia blossom with foliage. Photo by BF Newhall

I’m not keen on varigated flowers. I’d rather they make up their minds and just be pink or red. But today this varigated camelia made a pretty good case for itself. Photo by BF Newhall

abutilons and Iceland poppies in our front yard. Really happy are the  pansies in the planter box out on our deck . . .  The neighbor’s grey cat heard my camera clicking away in the front yard and she came through the fence to join me.

Yellow and purple pansies in March in San Francisco Bay Area.

I bought a planter box full of pansies to decorate our deck at Thanksgiving. They’re still blooming in March. Photo by BF Newhall

Daffodils have naturalized in an Oakland, CA, park. Photo by BF Newhall

Neighbors planted these daffodils in a pocket park near our house. They’ve since naturalized. Blooms came early this year — late Feburary — and are still going strong. Photo by BF Newhall

Iceland poppy blooms in an Oakland, CA, garden. Photo by BF Newhall

Iceland poppy in our front yard. Photo by BF Newhall

A grey cat with yellow eyes. Photo by BF Newhall

Our neighbor’s cat came visiting and got her picture taken.



  1. I love your picture of the abutilon. Abutilons are one of my garden favorites!

  2. So pretty. Here in Illinois it is still winter.

  3. I love flowers. My grandmother had a beautiful flower garden, as did I on the farm. I grew up on a grain farm in the Saskatchewan. In my University days at the University of Saskatchewan in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I started off in botany. The four hours labs each week and the twenty page write-ups were too much for the lazy lad. So, I switched to Economics and Mathematics. I became the Manager of Academic Programs and Director of Student Affairs in the College of Agriculture for 35 years. Retired now. BTW, not the type of affairs you might been thinking about.

    Since you are an experienced journalist, I would appreciate your advise on any of my writings. I love to write. Joined Open Salon in July, 2013 and Our Salon in December, 2012.

    Take care and all the best. The Prairie Lad.

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      What? You found math and economics easier than botany? Amazing. As for flowers, I guess they are designed to be seen, which is maybe why I can’t take my eyes off of them.

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      PS to Lyle, Do you have a blog we can go look at?

  4. From the snow covered land of MN, I am jealous. Beautiful photographs.

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      Yes. I’m remembering March in the Midwest. It used to be my least favorite month of the year back in Michigan, now it’s the one I most look forward to.

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      . . . of course, those snowy days in MN are truly beautiful.


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