Winter seems to be over. Southern California can still get remarkable rain through March, but the plants aren't waiting around for it. Here's a (non-native) bulb that my neighbor Carol gave to me years ago. I've mistreated it ever since, appreciating only the brief splash of strappy green leaves. This year with my focus on native bulbs it got some spill over attention and look at what showed up! We'll be keeping tabs on those blooms.
Cercis occidentalis is budding out. I have three, all planted from 1 gallon pots at the same time. One is about twice the size of the others and it managed to hold on to a few leaves at the top of its branches all winter long.