Hillside walk, 11 September 2017

It is never fully clear to me where one annual flowering season finishes and the next one begins. We are still without doubt in the “old” season, with California brickellbush (Brickellia californica) beginning its blooming this week (in Canyon 8), and saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) continuing at its peak for the second week in a row. We also have California sagebrush (Atemisia californica) yet to bloom. However, we also have mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia) beginning to bloom, and it will continue well into the new year, very much part of the season yet to come.

The hillsides look drier this week. One of the larger spiny redberry (Rhamnus crocea) on the north hillside appears to have died. A number of the blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea) in various locations suddenly look as if much of their previously live branches have died, leaving very little green. Whether we have truly gone beyond the drought remains to be seen.

California brickellbush

Morning glory

California coffeeberry

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Storm clouds

Narrow-leaf milkweed

California liverwort

Southern honeysuckle

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Mulefat

   

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