Hillside walk, 24 June 2013
It was another busy week, with the hillside walk on Monday morning. that makes it 10 days since the previous walk, on a Friday.
On virtually every walk a new discovery of some kind is made. I was thinking about this about half way through the walk, taking note of: (a) On the eastern side of the north hillside I counted 15-20 yuccas in bloom, so many more than the 3-4 of recent weeks. (b) Several more narrow leaf milkweed came to light, all with flowers.
And then in the second part of the walk, while walking down Lida Street, I found two new plants in bloom. Spanish lotus (Acmispon americanus) was blooming right beside the road. Further down, a sizable population of California thistle (Cirsium occidentale var. californicum) was blooming on the other side of the high road berm, in what looks like a natural water course. I had not seen the thistle previously because usually the walk doesn't take me over the berm.