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.

Rattlesnake weed

Chaparral yucca

Chaparral yucca

Dodder

California coffeeberry

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Laurel sumac

Caterpillar phacelia

Popcorn flower

White sage

Clustered tarweed

Bush monkey flower

Black sage

Southern honeysuckle

Pasadena and the Rose Bowl

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Sacapellote

Toyon

Toyon

Ropevine clematis

Blue elderberry

Deerweed

Mesa prickly pear

River red gum

California everlasting

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

 

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