Hillside walk, 02 February 2015

It does appear that annual flowering on the hillside is at the mercy of rainfall, resulting in significantly different flowering patterns each year. With good rains in December, the season looks much better than last year although signs of drying our are now appearing. However, it's as if the high point of spring has begun, especially as this week we have California suncups (Camissoniopsis bistorta) blooming freely, not just at the bottom of the north hillside, where it is in a good density, but also scattered all the way up the ridge of the north hillside as far as the beginning of the upper slope. Last year (2014) these did not appear until the beginning of April. In the previous year (2013) it was the end of February.

This week California four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) is in widespread bloom across the north hillside although still just beginning its season. Wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa) continues at its peak, as does golden currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum).

The very first popcorn flowers (Cryptantha sp.) are appearing, just a few of them on the north hillside. Just a few blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea) are in bloom, as has been the case for the past couple of weeks.

Hoary leaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius var. planus) continues its widespread blooming although flowers are waning on a few of these trees.

Liverworts (Asterella californica) continue the growth of their receptacles.

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

California sun cup

California sun cup

Telegraphweed

Golden currant

Golden currant

Wishbone bush

Rattlesnake weed

Wishbone bush

Popcorn flower

California sun cup

Two color everlasting

Common muilla

California sun cup

California sun cup

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Scrub oak

Western nettle

Western nettle

Coast live oak

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Black cottonwood

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral currant

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

A moss

A moss

Goldenback fern

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California peony

California peony

Lemonade berry

Poison oak

Poison oak

Scrub oak

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

Leafy California buckwheat

Coast live oak

Mulefat

Mulefat

Douglas's nightshade

Cliff aster

Scrub oak

Golden currant

Mulefat

Mulefat

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Caterpillar phacelia

   

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