• January 12, 2007

Winter Roses


Roses started blooming a few days before Christmas.

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.

Comments { 2 }
  1. Ann W

    Last week we bought a 1912 or 1913 bungalow and right now are just cleaning and painting. I checked your site to determine what kind of trim is above the windows in your den. While scraping wallpaper off in the living room, we can see from the old paint lines, an area where someone took down a trim board just like the one in your den. Is your trim decorative or a flat piece of wood? I would like to find something to replace ours and am trying to get an idea of what might have originally been in the room. Thanks for any help! Your house is such an inspiration because I know we have lots of work ahead!!

  2. heather


    Hi. Congratulations on your bungalow! It’s a lot of work but worth it.

    Here is a link to a set of photos which show our den trim in detail. You will have to cut and paste the link into your browser.


    Best of luck with all your future projects!

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