Hillside walk, 30 March 2014

The hillside is really looking nice, with a good quantity and variety of flowers. It's a month since the 5.75 inches of rain, and I'm wondering how long the prolific growth will continue.

Many people have remarked about how this flower season started early. That's a temperature effect. The rain effect has the opposite impact. Most dramatically, today the big tree of hoaryleaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius var. planus) has flowers, no doubt a result of the rain. Seasonally, it's more than two months late! Other ceanothus in shaded parts of canyon 5 bloomed briefly in January as usual, but the quantity of flowers was small. And now we have this new bloom!

Other species have also produced flowers after the rain, even though their nominal blooming had already come and gone. Most noticeable in this respect is the four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) and the wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa).

The death camas (Toxicoscordion sp.) discovered last week on the west hillside is now in even greater bloom.

The number of strigose lotus flowers (Acmispon strigosus) continues to increase, the count this week being 568.

Wild hyacinth

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Blue elderberry

Wishbone bush

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

California bluebells

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Two color everlasting

Scrub oak

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

California coffeeberry

Coast live oak

Wild cucumber

Black sage

A moss

California liverwort

Common eucrypta

California everlasting

Popcorn flower

Lemonade berry

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Wishbone bush

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

Death camas

Death camas

Death camas

Death camas

Death camas

Blue elderberry

Narrow leaved bedstraw

Deerweed

Douglas's nightshade

Blue elderberry

Coast live oak

Leafy California buckwheat

Bush monkey flower

Bush monkey flower

Mulefat

Mulefat

   

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