Hillside walk, 11 August 2014
Having started the weekly walk earlier than usual, at 8:15 a.m., it was nice to see more open flowers of California primrose (Eulobus californicus). And there were more of them than last week, 23 divided almost equally between two plants.
The species count for native flowers actually increased this week by one. This is because of black sage (Salvia mellifera), with multiple flowers on a single plant in a protected part of Canyon 5. This is the same plant that had remnant flowers all of last year.
Perhaps it's the mild weather that is encouraging these remnant blooms. This week we even had a single remnant bloom of mission cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica).
It's interesting that saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) is flowering only in Canyon 4, a single plant. This species is not yet blooming anywhere else. The largest number of plants is on the mid north hillside.
It's nice to see ripening fruit of several kinds, including California coffeeberry (Frangula californica), holly leaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia), and holly leaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia).