Hillside walk, 02 November 2015
What an unusual season it is with respect to the many “remnant” flowers that should be asleep waiting for the next spring. The surprise this week is bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus) in the lower Canyon 2, behind the berm adjacent to Lida Street. In that place several plants of this species have bloomed this week. On today's walk just two flowers were open, and they were a gorgeous, fresh orange color, not the worn appearance so common with this species when the weather is warmer.
Other “remnant” blooms continue, such as coffeeberry (Frangula californica) on the north hillside, southern honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata var. denudata) in almost peak performance, scrub oak (Quercus sp.) in a few places, and masses of four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia).
It's odd that there are so many more species flowering than at this time in the previous couple of years. I can attribute it only to the occasional summer rain and cooler weather.