Hillside walk, 19 July 2014
With high temperatures forecast for the coming week, it was good to make this hillside walk on the Sunday afternoon rather than my original plan of waiting until Monday morning. There are a few flowers that are present only in the mornings, but afternoons are better than nothing. But I did notice that the California primrose (Eulobus californicus) had bloomed that morning. By afternoon the two flowering plans each had plenty of flowers, but curled up and going red, as these flowers do when they are old.
At the top of the north hillside, telegraph weed (Heterotheca grandiflora) has more flowers than usual. A large specimen is now also blooming near the top of Lida Street.
The fruit of the holly leaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia) in the lower part of Canyon 5 are beginning to ripen. Just the occasional individuals are bright red at this point, with the vast majority still green. These fruit look so pretty when they are ripe.
It's nice to see just a few bush monkey flower (Diplacus longiflorus) still blooming in the lower part of Canyon 3, where there is some protection from the sun. Everywhere else these flowers are very much gone.
The mission cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) on the north hillside is loaded with fruit. They would make a good meal for someone so included.