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.