Hillside walk, 10 March 2017
Although the hillsides have an abundance of winter grasses, they are also now about at their peak of spring flowers. Most heartwarming are the thousands of strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus) on the mid north hillside, extending almost all the way up the hillside, more that I've ever seen previously.
The other greatly noticeable flowers on the north hillside, as usual, are the wishbone bush (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) and the California bluebells (Phacelia minor). Another notable is the California suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta), which is not only in the place where I have traditionally seen it each year, at the bottom of the north hillside, but also all the way the north hillside, almost to the top. It's also on the south hillside, and even in our back yard.
This week the black cottonwoods (Populus trichocarpa) in Canyon 6 have flowers. The quantity is small and some are old. This suggests there may have been flowers in the previous couple of weeks if I had looked. Going up to the edge of the cottonwood grove requires extra effort, and usually I don't bother.