Hillside walk, 17 February 2014
The spring progresses. Strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) is now in greater numbers — I recall three plants — and there was the first of the popcorn flowers (Cryptandra sp.), albeit just one plant with flowers on their way out. The first elderberry flower is out (Sambucus mexicana), on just the one plant at the top of the north hillside; last year the elderberry did not bloom until mid March.
The chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) has finished blooming, after a many weeks of flowers, and now has plenty of fruit developing. The peony (Paeonia californica) has also now finished its blooming.
A surprise was to find mission prickly-pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) with one flower on its way out; this compares with 21 April last year, — it's a full two months early.
The liverwort has now virtually disappeared. After all that I saw last week in Canyon 6, none is to be seen there now. Some of the remnants in Canyon 3B do have some green leaves, but almost indiscernible.