Ceanothus of Santa Barbara: Early spring blossoms

by Phila Rogers February 20, 2013

White ceanothus bloom in the Santa Barbara foothills

If you've looked up at the mountains from town lately, you may have noticed what looks like a light snowfall. How can that be? Every spring, the early-blooming ceanothus emerge, dusting our mountains with white blossoms and offering us the joy of a resplendent spring without the miseries of snow and sleet – Santa Barbara style.


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Acacias: Golden Splendor

by philajane@gmail.com January 26, 2013

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Toyon: California's Christmas Berry

by philajane@gmail.com December 26, 2012

Called the Christmas berry, Toyon is certainly one of California's most beautiful shrubs. Its red berries are a dazzling addition to our warm holiday season.


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Beautiful Winter Days in Santa Barbara

by philajane@gmail.com November 20, 2012 1 Comment

For most Santa Barbarians, the end of the fall heat is welcome, especially because winter is considered by many to be the finest season of all. With Santa Barbara’s south-facing coastline and the winter sun lower in the southern sky, the scene is set for salubrious days.  Like a convection oven, the Santa Ynez Mountains' protective sandstone slopes reflect the southern sun, bathing the town in warm sunshine.

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by philajane@gmail.com November 10, 2012 1 Comment

Bougainvillea is not a name you should say softly.  Any plant with flowers as garish, brilliant, fluorescent, strident – the adjectives go on and on – should have its name shouted out.  And no plant epitomizes Santa Barbara like bougainvillea.


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State Street Farmers Market + Squash Blossoms in Santa Barbara

by Caroline Law November 09, 2012

The Tuesday Farmers Market in the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street is one of our favorite markets in the Santa Barbara area. It is quintessential Santa Barbara—where international students, tourists, families and busy office workers all end up on a Tuesday evening, gathering produce and sampling juicy fresh fruits among the shops and restaurants of downtown.

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News Flash!

by The Santa Barbara Company November 09, 2012

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The Easton Gallery: A Profile

by Caroline Law October 09, 2012

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