Hillside walk, 11 May 2013
The Monday of the past week produced rain totalling 21 mm at our house, almost one inch, followed a day later by a thunderstorm, although the storm produced only 0.5 mm of rain. The effects of the rain were evident on this week's Saturday walk on the hillside. Most notable was that coffee fern and goldenback fern both have green leaves once again, and the liverwort suddenly has a good expanse of green. Mustard, which is widespread on the hillsides, seemed to have more flowers than the previous two weeks.
This week two plants produced their first flowers for the year: , sacapellote and toyon. In both instances, the flowers are still limited in numbers and/or distribution. This week also saw the first buds of laurel sumac, very close to being in bloom.