Hillside walk, 17 March 2014
It's just over two weeks since we had a big lot of rain. A week ago the impact was visible, but not spectacular. This week it's different in that so much green growth is evident, on almost every type of plant, from tiny annuals to ceanothus trees and oak trees.
The effect is most noticeable on the north hillside. Filarees are everywhere. Even the dodder (Cuscuta sp.) has fresh growth and fresh flowers. New rattlesnake weed (Chamaesyce sp.) is widespread. Wishbone bush (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), has lots of new growth. The first California bluebells (Phacelia minor) are blooming, with more to come. And the tiny yellow strigose lotus (Acmispon stigosus) is now in greater numbers than it was last year, — I counted 78 flowers on my way down the hillside.
On the other hand, it being 9 days since the previous walk, the liverwort is in recess. It has disappeared from almost everywhere, — the past week has seen some hot days (several days around 90F). The liverwort is green in just a few places in Canyon 6, Canyon 5, and Canyon 3B, and that won't be for long.