Hillside walk, 04 September 2017

What a hot week it has been, the warmest day topping out at 110.4 F according to our weather station. And then late yesterday a change, including a cloud full of rain totalling 2 mm. And today's hillside walk was a pleasure although everything was wet, including me.

I need to retract what I wrote last week about saw toothed goldenbush never being in mass bloom. Well, today it is exactly that, or at least far more blooms that I've previously seen at any one time. It's still not exactly covered in flowers, but it's doing far better than previously.

Some plants complete there flowering and subsequently produce a few more flowers as if having a minor additional blooming season. that's usually what I refer to as remnant blooms. And it's exactly what is occurring this week with the laurel sumac (Malosma laurina), although I saw only two specimens with remnant flowers, one on the upper north hillside and on along Lida Street.

Wishbone bush


California coffeeberry

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Rattlesnake weed

Laurel sumac

Scrub oak

Narrow-leaf milkweed

California liverwort

West hillside


Bush monkey flower



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