Hillside walk, 18 June 2016

The gradual decline of bloom continues as the summer approaches.

It's always interesting to see how long flowers continue on the American lotus (Acmispon americanus var. americanus), right into the hot, dry part of summer. Last year this species began flowering in May and continued into September. This year is very different. I didn't notice it until last week, when it was blooming prolifically in the same location as last year, along Lida Street; but this week it has no flowers at all. Maybe there will be flowers in future weeks. We'll see.

We are coming into a period of the year when some species are represented by just a single flower or a few flowers, continuing this way for weeks or even months, which I refer to as remnants. In this category this week are bush monkey flower (Diplacus longiflorus), whispering bells (Emmenanthe peduliflora var. peduliflora), California coffeeberry (Frangula californica), four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), caterpillar phacelia (Phacelia cicutaria var. hispida), and black sage (Salvia mellifera).

Clustered tarweed

Branching phacelia

Wishbone bush

California coffeeberry


Cliff aster


Black sage

Chaparral yucca


Bush monkey flower


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