Hillside walks, 09 and 13 March 2013

The previous week showed a warming trend, and so some flowers were in decline, notably Phacelia minor, and on the Saturday none of the tiny yellow flower of the previous week.

However, on Friday, 8 March 2013, we had 20 mm of rain, which is likely to see a rejuvenation of flowers. This was evident on the Saturday, with lots of filarees, whereas none were evident on the previous week. And I saw one small (4 inches high) lupine plant near the bottom of the north hillside. Other plants may take longer to respond to the rain.

Thus on Wednesday, 13 March 2013, I went back to look for the tiny yellow flower. It was in abundance, — the California sun cup, Camissoniopsis bistorta.

This week I found no ceanothus blooms anywhere. All ceanothus are in fruit. Even the wild cucumber appears less prolific. The mountain mahogany was in full bloom, in some instances past its peak. The coffeeberry on the north hillside remains in bloom.

Our house, seen from mid way on the north hillside.

Red stemmed filaree

Wild hyacinth

California everlasting

Miniature lupine

Wishbone bush

Common beggar-tick

California bluebells

California bluebells

Popcorn flower

Spiny redberry

California coffeeberry

Strigose lotus

Black sage

Common eucrypta

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Rattlesnake weed

Popcorn flower

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

San Gabriel Mountains

Pasadena and the Rose Bowl

Art Center College of Design

Our house

The north hillside

North hillside

Two color everlasting

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

California coffeeberry

Rattlesnake weed

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Wild cucumber

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral currant

California peony

Black sage

California peony

Lemonade berry

Scrub oak

California liverwort

Coffee fern

North hillside

Poison oak

Wild cucumber

Golden currant

Leafy California buckwheat

Mulefat

Mulefat

California sun cup

California sun cup

California sun cup

 

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