Our sweet acacias are beginning to bloom. Their scent drifts throughout our yard (I have 8 of them in the yard!) I like their shade and yes, in the spring, their delightful smell! Some little birds also enjoy them and frequently make their nests near the acacias. They are a delightful tree for the desert, but watch out for their thorns! They provide a mesh-like shade for a patio and grow quickly. They also naturalize, so if you have one, soon you'll have more! Mellow Yellow Monday for February 14, 2011. Happy Valentine's Day (also my birthday!).