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January 27, 2003
On a walk in late January, I am sent spinning by too early pink blossoms on damp black twigs, big-leafed bergenia showing off in every rockery and dancing down the sidewalk cracks (in a similar pink with a little more oomph), sweet white alyssum and the first blooms of yellow saxatile, erica both white and purple, something bright and yellow I believe may be calendula, Lilliputian crocuses, daffodils pushing up all over the damn place, and oh man! camellias and rhododendrons already! and Gaia help me, roses.

I don’t understand winter here, but I sure could get used to it.