This is the first year that our climbing rose bush has blossomed in the winter.
Since I grew up in the Midwest it is a real thrill to look out the window and see big, beautiful roses in the middle of winter. It makes almost makes up for never having a white Christmas.
People escaping the East coast and Midwestern winters spent time in California in the early 1900s. They mailed postcards overflowing with flowers and lush vegetation to winterbound friends and family back home.
This card from 1910 reads “California Bungalow in Winter” with so many palm trees and plants that you can barely see the bungalow.
Thousands of postcards like these were printed and mailed back East.
Here is an interesting little bungalow featured on a postcard mailed in 1912.
All these postcards (and available, affordable land) proved very effective. Southern California experienced a significant population boom between the early 1900s – 1920s.