If we need more convincing that Fall is really Spring in Southern California, this should silence all remaining doubts! A lovely paperwhite blooms on the west side of The Learning Garden's shade house. There are only about five fully opened paperwhites, others promise to open soon. Unfortunately, the Unified School District painters are here to paint the shade house (along with all the other buildings on campus) and a lot of the paperwhites are getting trampled because they are underfoot.
Almost all the gardening books published tell you that paper whites (along with other narcissus) bloom in Spring. That is true for folks living in more temperate climates, but that is not Los Angeles. We are a classic case of a Mediterranean Climate and for us, Fall is our 'other' Spring with paperwhites blooming now and the other narcissus and daffodils will bloom soon after. The freesias (one of my most favorite scents) will bloom in about a month. It's a very exciting time for scent in the gardens of our area now. Inhale the breath of Spring.