Hillside walk, 21 October 2015

With the cooler weather and the occasional rain over the past month, it's a joy to see green grass on the hillsides. In conjunction with this, wishbone bush (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) is in full bloom everywhere. Rattlesnake weed (Chamaesyce sp.) has numerous new plants on the north hillside, and everywhere it has a host of fresh flowers.

Some of the current flowers are unusual for this time of year, indicating that it's largely rain and temperature that govern when flowers appear, not the time of year. For example, the coffeeberry (Frangula californica) is in bloom again. Even more surprising is that in the past few weeks, when we have been away, almost all of the scrub oak (Quercus sp.) have bloomed, as have a few of the coast live oak (Quercus agrifollia). Just a few of the scrub oak appear to have some fresh flowers. Mostly the flowers are dried up.

It's nice to see the chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) in bloom again, as it tends to do late in the year.

Coyote brush

California mugwort

Rattlesnake weed

Wishbone bush

Sawtoothed goldenbush

California coffeeberry


Scrub oak

Black sage

Chaparral currant

California sagebrush

Coffee fern

Leafy California buckwheat


Douglas's nightshade

California brickellbush




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