Hillside walk, 24 February 2014

This week I found only the one blooming wishbone bush (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), and its flowers had already withered earlier in the day. The wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa) has almost finished flowering.

But others progress with their flowers. Notable is elderberry (Sambucus mexicana), which is now blooming in multiple places. The skunkbrush (Rhus armomatica) is beginning to bloom, although as yet it has no leaves. It warrants careful watching because last year the bloom lasted little more than a week.

Black cottonwood

Wishbone bush

Dodder

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Two color everlasting

Mission prickly-pear

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Russian thistle

Lizard

Gopher plant

Rattlesnake weed

Popcorn flower

Black sage

Skunkbrush

Skunkbrush

Skunkbrush

Goldenback fern

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Lemonade berry

Southern honeysuckle

Southern honeysuckle

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

Wild cucumber

Douglas's nightshade

Poison oak

Common chickweed

Common chickweed

Golden currant

Mulefat

Mulefat

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

     

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