While most of the country is enduring one of the coldest winters, here in Arizona we can't help but wonder if winter just skipped over us this year. With mild nights and day time temps in the 80s, it sure seems like spring. February here in the desert is bright, colorful and smells heavenly!
From the tree in my yard to the sweet smell in the air, there is no denying that this is the time of year to enjoy citrus. Arizona grows amazing oranges, lemons, clementines and grapefruits. I'm starting every morning with a clementine in my green smoothie, and ending each day with an orange for dessert. My allergies may not be thrilled, but my mouth sure is happy!!
If orange isn't your color, how about pink? Or maybe I should say peach. The peach trees are just starting to bloom and their delicate pink blossoms are so pretty. We are a few months off from enjoying their fruit, but I really love seeing these flowering trees.
We also saw an early flowering of our Evergreen Pear trees. These trees don't bear fruit, but every spring they explode into great poufs of white flowers. I took these photos two weeks ago, and unfortunately the flowers have since gone. But oh how pretty they were, set against the bright blue sky! The Evergreen Pear trees are always my first and favorite sign of spring, but it's interesting to note that the flowers don't smell very pretty. In fact, they smell quite bad. So there you have it: the sights, colors and smells of February in Arizona!! If you are in some snowy clime and have a twinge of envy looking at these photos, know that my sinuses, boots, scarfs and hot chocolate are all equally jealous of your winter!