Hillside walk, 21 April 2013

Visiting the hillside only once each week is not necessarily frequent enough to see everything that blooms. For example, the cliff aster that was blooming a week ago is completely finished. The muillas that hast week had just a single flower out on each of their umbrels are now gone. I'm aware of a plant I've known for a long time in more shaded, damper areas, with big green leaves, which the deer love to eat, where I've never seen the flowers although I've seen both the buds and the withered flowers over the years. This year to date, they are still in bud.

This week saw the first prickly pear flowers, on the north hillside. Those on the west hillside are still in early bud.

Now that many of the early spring bloom is over, we are seeing more of the feral plants, such as star thistle.

California everlasting

White sage

White sage

California coffeeberry

Malta star thistle

Dodder

Dodder

Dodder

Mission prickly-pear

Mission prickly-pear

Gopher plant

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Leafy California buckwheat

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Common eucrypta

Spanish broom

Skunkbrush

Chamise

Black sage

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Southern honeysuckle

Poison oak

Common horehound

Golden currant

Collar lupine

Collar lupine

Wishbone bush

Bitter cress

Western nettle

Coffee fern

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Ropevine clematis

Holly leaf cherry

Holly leaf cherry

Blue elderberry

Deerweed

Mulefat

Morning glory

Cobweb thistle

   

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