This is a glimpse of the nearby hills from my house. In a normal year, the hills would have been greener than this by mid-December since the rains start in November. This year it has only been the last few days that things have been turning green.
The peach tree has been flowering for more than a week. It rained hard over the last three days, so the flowers are a bit frazzled.
The ornamental Maple is sprouting some new leaves.
The lemon tree has a different notion of seasons. We still have a hundred or so lemons waiting to be picked. Or maybe they are limons, since true lemons would be completely yellow by now.