Hillside walks, 06 and 07 April 2013

The sun cups that have been so special for several weeks have now all gone to seed. Popcorn flower is rapidly withering. California bluebell (Phacelia minor) is now few in number, and much smaller. Poison oak has gone to seed. Clematis is starting to go to seed. Mulefat is mostly now in seed. The one plant of lemonade berry now has no flowers. (This plant looks like it gets eaten by animals.) Mountain mahogany has newly gone to seed. Surprisingly, white flowering currant this week had a single stem of flowers, although it is now basically in fruit. Goldenback fern is beginning to wither as moisture in the soil evaporates.

The cobweb thistle on the north hillside, which I've been watching for a couple of weeks, now is in full bloom, and magnificent. Horehound is in bloom. Elderberry now has many more blossoms although it's not yet at its peak. Deerweed is beginning to bloom this week. Buckwheat and monkeyflower still have only a few flowers, but are loaded with buds; shortly these flowers should be in profusion.

Dodder is beginning to appear, primarily on laurel sumac, but no flowers yet.

Wild hyacinth

Smooth cat's ear

Miniature lupine

California bluebells

California coffeeberry

California coffeeberry

Red stemmed filaree

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Spiny redberry

Malta star thistle

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Popcorn flower

Wild hyacinth

Cobweb thistle

Cobweb thistle

Leafy California buckwheat

Dodder

Fringe myrtle

Common horehound

Common eucrypta

Two color everlasting

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California liverwort

California liverwort

Danny's skullcap

Danny's skullcap

Western nettle

Scrub oak

Chaparral currant

Chaparral currant

Miner's lettuce

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Chamise

Chamise

Black sage

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Collar lupine

Collar lupine

Collar lupine

Collar lupine

Rattlesnake weed

Wishbone bush

Bitter cress

Coffee fern

Goldenback fern

Caterpillar phacelia

Caterpillar phacelia

Caterpillar phacelia

Poison oak

Red stemmed filaree

Holly leaf cherry

Ropevine clematis

Ropevine clematis

Douglas's nightshade

Golden currant

Golden currant

Deerweed

Deerweed

Leafy California buckwheat

Mulefat

Mulefat

Common bedstraw

Morning glory

Morning glory

Morning glory

 

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