January 30, 2003
Finally figured out on today’s speedy hilly drizzly lunchtime constitutional what the big difference really is. OK sure, there are January blooms, and it’s so mild and rainy and all that, but it’s the shrubs, for god’s sake. They are mostly evergreen and incredibly fragrant. Especially in the rain. And not just the cedars and junipers, either. I don’t even know the names of most of them, but the point is, the overall look is not one of stark twigginess – it’s all green and leafy, right through winter. I sense that my horticultural vocabulary is about to get another boost.