Hillside walk, 07 August 2017

It was a pleasant day on the hillside, not as hot as it has been in the past few weeks. Nevertheless, it was unusually quiet except for noisy quail, perhaps because of the continuing high humidity.

Changes in blooming since last week were minor. The saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) on the north hillside is now flowering. It never comes out with mass flower, but produces just a small number at any one time, and proceeds to work its way through the assembled buds until all are done. That's one way to achieve a relatively long flowering period.

Once again the morning glory (Calystegia sp.) is blooming in the Lida Street horseshoe bend. It seems to prefer the milder days, not the really hot days. (Today the maximum forecast temperature for Pasadena is only 90F.)

The narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) on the upper north hillside continues to bloom in profusion. It even continues to have a good amount of buds, so it's not about to finish its flowering.

So what is not blooming this week, that was blooming last week? I didn't see any deerweed (Acmispon glaber var. glaber), nor that tiny twiggy wreath plant (Stephabnomeria sp.) on the upper north hillside. Also, the white sage (Salvia apiana) has at last finished its blooming. In recent weeks the only flowers of white sage were on a single plant on the upper north hillside. Now they are all neatly dried up.

Clustered tarweed

California mugwort


Branching phacelia

Sapphire woolly star


Narrow-leaf milkweed

Wishbone bush

Southern honeysuckle

Unusual spider web



Morning glory


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