Hillside walk, 02 March 2013

This was a warm Saturday afternoon, around 80 degrees F. Parts of the hillside are looking dry, but with the warmth several new species are in bloom.

I've been looking for blue dicks in the past few weeks, and this week they were at last in bloom. The steep north hillside has a number of small trees/shrubs that I wasn't familiar with, and it was a surprise to realize that a number of them are coffeeberry, Frangula californica, — clearly recognizable by the flowers, small, inconspicuous, but distinctive.

Ceanothus crassifolius, which a few weeks ago was so prominent, has now faded. In just one place in a shaded canyon are two speciments remaining with some white flowers.

Mountain mahogony has a short flowering season, and it's just starting.

This week was the first when poison oak was in widespread bloom.

Wild hyacinth

Wild hyacinth

Wild hyacinth

California sun cup

California sun cup

Golden currant

Rattlesnake weed

California bluebells

Popcorn flower

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Two color everlasting

Wishbone bush

Common eucrypta

Common eucrypta

Wild cucumber

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Strigose lotus

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Stinging lupine

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California peony

Black sage

Lemonade berry

Wishbone bush

Coffee fern

Poison oak

Leafy California buckwheat

Castor bean

Mulefat

Mulefat

 

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