Hillside walk, 05 April 2016

The luxurious green of spring growth is waning. The grass is drying our and shortly we can expect nasty grass seed that make walking less pleasant. Dry, warm to hot weather has arrived — it's 88F this afternoon.

The great peak of flowering species during the past few weeks was like an overlap of early spring and mid spring flowers. Now some of the early spring flowers are entirely gone and the species count is declining. Some that are finished include holly leaf cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia), lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), common fiddleneck (Amsinkia intermedia), and death camas (Toxicoscordion sp.)

Some species continue at their peak of bloom, including morning glory (Calystegia sp.), California suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta), blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum), common eucrypta (Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia), and California primrose (Eulobus californicus).

Some of the big flower displays have gone, notably the four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), where blooms persist only on a few plants in protected locations. Even the Canterbury bells (Phacelia minor), which remain widespread, especially on the north hillside, are looking distinctly paler and worn out by the sun. The strigose luotus (Acmispon strigosus) on the mid north hillside is much reduced in numbers.

Newly at a peak this week is the cobweb thistle (Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale). The common muila (Muila maritima) continues blooming on the mid north hillside, with two plants nicely in bloom this week.

This week's hopeful was a sunflower on the south hillside, which had a well formed bud in the previous two weeks. Alas, this week the flower has been eaten.

California sun cup

California bluebells

California bluebells

Stinging lupine

California primrose


Common muilla

Bush monkey flower

Danny's skullcap

Wild hyacinth


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