Hillside walk, 28 September 2015
Although we continue to have very hot days, the weather is mellowing with cooler nights and less oppressive heat. This is allowing the start of the winter renewal, especially in the light of recent rains. Everywhere on the north hillside, rattlesnake weed (Chamaesyce sp.) has fresh foliage and fresh flowers. The four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) has bunches of green leaves. Green grass abounds in sheltered locations, typically 4-5 inches long, though it is twice that in one place that I observed.
The less good side of this is the multitude of castor bean seedlings, not everywhere, but concentrated in selected parts of the west hillside. On the north hillside Russian thistle is in abundance, thousands of tiny seedlings.