Hillside walk, 02 June 2013
Having watched the Acourtia microcephala for so many weeks, at last it is in full bloom, with pink petals extending beyond the hairy mass.
Nothing noteworthy about weather occurred in the past week, although yesterday was extremely hot. However, noticeable across the hillside is that, despite no rain, plants are showing new life. for example: The Mirabilis, so prominent in the late winter, is accumulating new green growth, and in one instance has flowers. The Cryptantha, popcorn flower, has flowers in secluded locations. The Salvia mellifera, black sage, all across the hillside has new blooms, although not en masse. Phacelia cicutaria, caterpillar phacelia, is blooming even more in two locations, both protected from extended, direct sun. Lonicera, honeysuckle, is unexpectedly blooming on a less-exposed, north-facing canyon slope.
This week a few new yuccas are blooming, making a total of at least ten.