Hillside walk, 24 August 2015
Not too much to report this week, just a continuation of the summer period. It is interesting this year to see so many remnant blooms lasting so far into the summer, such as four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), with a small number of flowers withered in the hot morning sun on the open north hillside, but fully open in a shaded section of upper Canyon 8.
Other “remnants” include bush monkey flower (Diplacus longiflorus) in lower Canyon 2, California coffeeberry (Frangula californica) on the north hillside, and even one bloom of mesa prickly pear (Opuntia x vaseyi) in the Lida Street horseshoe bend. These are all remnants I've mentioned in previous weeks; it's just very interesting that they keep going.
We now have California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) flowering well on the lower north hillside and along Lida Street. The narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) on the upper north hillside is flowering for the second week in a row. Saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) in several places, especially the mid north hillside, continues to bloom, just a few flowers at a time, so that it never looks splendid with a vast array of color.