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.

Wild hyacinth

California bluebells

Coulter's lupine

California bluebells

Strigose lotus

California coffeeberry

Popcorn flower

Spiny redberry

Strigose lotus

Holly leaf redberry

Telegraphweed

Our house

Wishbone bush

Strigose lotus

California bluebells

California liverwort

Black cottonwood

Holly leaf redberry

Skunkbrush

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

California peony

Scrub oak

Common eucrypta

Common fiddleneck

Poison oak

Golden currant

Coastal wood fern

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Mulefat

Mulefat

California sun cup

     

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