Hillside walk, 06 November 2013
This week saw fewer flower varieties, and the hillside continues to be very dry. In general, even where flowers are reported, the quantity is small. Perhaps the best exceptions are California sage (Artemisia californica), which is at its peak this time of year, and mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia), which seems to be beginning its season with the cooler weather.
This week I ventured into two of the narrower, steeper canyons to take a closer look at the western sycamore (Platanus racemosa), which occurs only in these hard-to-reach places. Once I have established a regular way to reach these trees, I'll keep watch on them to see when they bloom in the coming spring.
This week the brickellbush (Brickellia californica) that has beein in bloom along Lida Street for several weeks is no longer in bloom. On the other hand, immediately down the steep slope from Lida Street, in the ravine with the big sycamore tree, I found brickellbush in bloom, this being a relatively shaded area. And so brickellbush appears on this week's chart as being in bloom.