Hillside walk, 25 December 2017

It was Christmas Day, completely quiet in the neighborhood. The hillsides were quiet, too. More precisely, it was a quiet, peaceful walk this week on the hillside.

Observations were essentially identical with last week. The saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) on the mid north hillside continues to have a small assortment of blooms. The telegraph week (Heterotheca grandiflora) at the very of of the north hillside continues to have a few blooms although it's hard to see what keeps those few struggling plants alive. The chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) in Canyon 5 (two specimens) continues to have fresh flowers albeit in smaller numbers than last week, suggesting that it will shortly be finished flowering. The toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) along upper Lida Street continues to have a good sprinkling of flowers. The mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia) in lower Canyon 2 and along Lida Street has flowers, both male and female. And the bush monkey flower (Diplacus longiflorus) continues to have a few fresh pairs of flowers in lower Canyon 3. It's gratifying to see all of these, even if the quantities are relatively small, and the ground so dry.

California coffeeberry

Rattlesnake weed


Chaparral currant

California sagebrush



Bush monkey flower

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