Hillside walk, 08 February 2016

The transition to spring is in full swing. Saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) has at last stopped blooming — it has had flowers continuously since July 2015. We've now had no rain for a month and the ground is looking dry again. However, the spring greenery continues to advance, including greatly proliferating four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), which is making some of my paths on the north hillside hard to find. Today there were even two specimens of stinging lupine (Lupinus hirsutissimus) although just rosettes of leaves, no flowers yet. Grasses are almost everywhere.

Today's big excitement in terms of new flowers included the first of the season for California bluebells (Phacelia minor) and strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus). A group of 20 flowers of strigose lotus was particularly noteworthy.

California sagebrush

California bluebells

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Chaparral currant

Lemonade berry

Douglas's nightshade

Wild cucumber

Deerweed

Golden currant

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Mulefat

Mulefat

     

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