I have almost been at Post Ranch Inn for a full year. Each day when I walk from the lower part of the property to the top of the ridge where Sierra Mar is perched, I pass dozens of California Bay Laurel. If you have been reading this blog you may have seen mention of the bay fruit, bay nuts or pickled bay blossoms. I can't help stopping momentarily at the giant trees to pinch a few leaves between my fingers and release their enigmatic aroma. This week has brought a new phase of transformation, tiny green and red leaf shoots that are so tender you can eat them like lettuce and mild enough to only leave a trace of aromatic bay on your palate. Tiny green fruits are beginning to emerge, and there are only a few more weeks until the trees return to the same state they were in when I first arrived.
Will these incredible trees have any more surprises in store for me?