Hillside walk, 03 October 2014
The season progresses, even though almost all of the few flowers present are “remnants.” The saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa), which has been flowing so well for several weeks, and a highlight of the summer time, has almost finished, — I found only a single bloom! The mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia), which was blooming a little early, on just the one plant, is no longer in flower although it has a few buds.
This week's major discovery was the first blooms of California sage (Artemisia californica), just a few on a single plant in Canyon 5. In may places this species has masses of buds that have been developing for a couple of months. Thus we can expect many more blooms coming.
A surprise is that one of the toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) along Lida Street, which has had remnant blooms for several weeks, now has many more of them, almost like a second full flowering.
The twiggy wreath plant (Stephanomeria sp.) on Lida Street continued to bloom — this would be about the fourth week — although the number of flowers is in decline.
Douglas's nightshade (Solanum douglasii) on Lida street, which a few weeks ago was badly eaten, has regrown somewhat and once again has a few flowers.
And so, on the surface things look much the same, but at the lower level there are ongoing happening.