Hillside walk, 15 June 2014
This week saw a major downturn in the number of flowering species. The late-spring flurry is over, and we are back to approximately the same number of flowering plants that we had at this time last year. Probably only four species were at their peak this week:
- Chaparral yucca (hesperoyucca whipplei), saw about a dozen in bloom
- Clustered tarplant (Deinandra fasciculata), it's normal late-spring self
- California buckwheat (Erigonum fasciculatum), really flourishing
- Sacapellote (Acourtia microcephala), it's normal late-spring showing
Everything else is beyond peak bloom, in most cases well beyond it or no no longer blooming. But interestingly, we still have a few plants of four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis) with good flowers, on both the north and west hillsides, although most of this species have finished their bloom.
We also have a good quantity of fruit on several species: coffeeberry (Frangula californica), spiny redberry (Rhamnus crocea), holly leaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia), holly leaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), and elderberry (Sambucus mexicana).