August 11, 2012
Malacothrix saxatilis
Cliff Aster
This is the only plant in bloom now on the North face of the Canyon.
Photo: 8/08/12 

Malacothrix saxatilis

Cliff Aster

This is the only plant in bloom now on the North face of the Canyon. Photo: 8/08/12 

3:49am
  
Filed under: wild native Malacothrix aster 
August 11, 2012
Epilobium ssp.
California Fuchsia
The first bloom of the late sumer / fall season. The California Fuschias used to be classified in the genus Zauschneria, and just when I learned to spell it, got moved to Epilobium. I believe that this example is Epilobium canum, formerly Z. californica. It’s been in my garden for six years and got trimmed to the ground last winter. Photo: 8/05/12 

Epilobium ssp.

California Fuchsia

The first bloom of the late sumer / fall season. The California Fuschias used to be classified in the genus Zauschneria, and just when I learned to spell it, got moved to Epilobium. I believe that this example is Epilobium canum, formerly Z. californica. It’s been in my garden for six years and got trimmed to the ground last winter. Photo: 8/05/12 

3:41am
  
Filed under: garden Epilobium fuchsia native 
August 11, 2012

Summer in the Canyon. Photo 8/08/12

July 16, 2012
Mid-summer doldrums

The end of the Spring blooming season towards the end of June coincided with events that have kept me preoccupied for the last several weeks. I have a couple more photos to post, but mostly it’s wait for the fall-blooming plants. My big distraction is hopefully resolved, so I should be able to get back into posting.

June 11, 2012
Achillea millefolium
Common Yarrow 
Native to California and much of the rest of the world. The flower stocks are the traditional sticks thrown to consult the I Ching and also make great tools for adjusting the pitch of Irish bagpipes. I took this photo a month ago and forgot to post it until I saw some more growing along the fire road today. This particular colony of yarrow appears to have spread from a back yard, since I don’t think it occurs naturally in the Canyon. Photo 5/18/12 

Achillea millefolium

Common Yarrow

Native to California and much of the rest of the world. The flower stocks are the traditional sticks thrown to consult the I Ching and also make great tools for adjusting the pitch of Irish bagpipes. I took this photo a month ago and forgot to post it until I saw some more growing along the fire road today. This particular colony of yarrow appears to have spread from a back yard, since I don’t think it occurs naturally in the Canyon. Photo 5/18/12 

8:17pm
  
Filed under: neighborhood Achillia Yarrow 
June 9, 2012
Phrynosoma blainvillii
Coast Horned Lizard
I was hoping to run across one of these this year, but no luck so far. The season is getting late (I’ve never seen them after June), so here is a photo from a couple of years ago.
Photo 4/01/10 

Phrynosoma blainvillii

Coast Horned Lizard

I was hoping to run across one of these this year, but no luck so far. The season is getting late (I’ve never seen them after June), so here is a photo from a couple of years ago. Photo 4/01/10 

5:51am
  
Filed under: wild Phrynosoma lizard 
June 9, 2012
Solanum douglasii
Douglas’ Nightshade, White Nightshade
I like this because you can see several stages of berry development. Too bad the focus is on the leaves and not the berries or flowers. CalFlora says it’s highly toxic, in contrast to Solanum relatives tomato and potato. Photo 6/08/12 

Solanum douglasii

Douglas’ Nightshade, White Nightshade

I like this because you can see several stages of berry development. Too bad the focus is on the leaves and not the berries or flowers. CalFlora says it’s highly toxic, in contrast to Solanum relatives tomato and potato. Photo 6/08/12 

5:17am
  
Filed under: wild Solanum Nightshade 
June 9, 2012
The Elderberries are getting ripe. Photo: 6/08/12

The Elderberries are getting ripe. Photo: 6/08/12

5:08am
  
Filed under: wild Sambucus elderberry 
June 9, 2012
Dudleya cymosa
Canyon Liveforever
Not totally sure about the  ID, but it is a Dudleya for sure. Photo: 6/08/12 

Dudleya cymosa

Canyon Liveforever

Not totally sure about the ID, but it is a Dudleya for sure. Photo: 6/08/12 

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Filed under: wild Dudleya Liveforever 
June 9, 2012
Clematis lasiantha
Pipestem Clematis
Missed these when they were in bloom. I’ve only seen the one specimen in the Canyon. The leaves look a lot like poison oak but the seedheads are totally different. Photo: 6/08/12 

Clematis lasiantha

Pipestem Clematis

Missed these when they were in bloom. I’ve only seen the one specimen in the Canyon. The leaves look a lot like poison oak but the seedheads are totally different. Photo: 6/08/12 

4:56am
  
Filed under: wild Clematis 
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