|Agapanthus (no ID)|
It's nothing akin to the stampede of blooms that normally arrives in May (as described here); however, it's odd. The stalks are thinner and shorter than the late spring blooms, barely stretching beyond the top of the foliage. I can only guess that this is attributable to the warm, dry weather we're experiencing this winter. It's as if the plants believe that summer is just around the corner and they're poking their heads up to check what's up.
And the Agapanthus aren't the only blue flowers making an unexpectedly early appearance. My Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes) are also blooming. They're not as shy about it as the Agapanthus either - all 5 of my Nemophila clumps are in full bloom.
Still another blue spring bloomer has also joined the party - Veronica '
Half the US is covered in snow and ice but here in my area of southern California we appear to be skipping winter altogether to plunge head-first into spring on our way to summer. Frankly, it's a little unnerving.