Hillside walk, 14 August 2017

In the past week, most days have had temperatures in the mid 90s F. And today it's cooler, only 78F at the end of the weekly walk at 11:30 a.m. Perhaps it's the mild weather influencing the flowers, but today's flowers were better than usual. Even the ubiquitous mustard has fresh blossom.

Most notable was the California primrose (Eulobus californicus). Today the specimen on the lower north hillside that has often had a single flower over the past several weeks, had five flowers, of which four were fully open. This was around 8:45 a.m., before they could curl up in the hot sunlight. The other notable, also on the lower north hillside, was morning glory (Calystegia macrostegia), with bright new foliage, a couple of fresh flowers, and a handful of buds. Even the coffeeberry (Frangula californica) had more fresh flowers that it has had for a couple of months.

On the other hand, the narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), which has been at its peak for so long, is at last coming to the end of flowering, with most flowers now withering away.

California primrose

Morning glory

California coffeeberry

Narrow-leaf milkweed

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