Lots of Lupines

Lupine Hillside Far
It has been ten days since I last ran Jesusita and things have changed considerably. Some things which were blooming have stopped for the year, and others have just started. It looks like Spring, but a very odd spring. The Black Mustard normally blooms now, but the Lupines normally peak in February so we have a strange juxtaposition.
Lupine Hillside Close
In February, when the Lupines normally bloom, the hillside was dry and dead. In March it was green with a few small Lupine plants. Now it is covered with blooms.

On the other hand, a little further toward the trail head a small patch of dwarf lupines and fiddlenecks has vanished. I can find no sign of either plant, yet they were there just 10 days ago. The one bay laurel that has been blooming for the past month has stopped. Not many bay laurels (anywhere) bloomed this year.

There are now suncups galore along the traverse. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one place. Two different species too: Sandysoil and California. Ten days ago there were a lot of suncup shoots, but no blooms.
Suncups

The Ceanothus have also changed dramatically. Two weeks ago there were about 60 Bigpod Ceanothus blooming on the trail, today there were 2. To make up for that two weeks ago there were 8 Blue Bush Ceanothus blooming, while today there are about 25. The bigpods tried to start blooming at their normal time in early January, but very few did so, and by mid-February there were none, but after the rains they started blooming again in mid-March (normally they bloom from January (or even December) to May (or even June)). Now they appear to be over for the year.

Finally I see some Phacelia blooms. Normally they are all over the place by now, having started in February, but this year there have been none. I saw Phacelia leaves appearing back in December, but they died and vanished in January. Today I saw one plant of the Common Phacelia (one plant blooming I mean), and maybe 60 plants of the White Sticky Phacelia — last year these were almost over by now.

I see my first Sticky Monkeyflower on this trail today, 6 plants. My first Golden Yarrow, 5 plants. The Common Rush-Rose has gone from 4 blooming plants three weeks ago to 68 today. But Milk Maids has dropped from 30 plants three weeks ago to 1 today.

Blue Eyed Grass
Stream Orchid
(Basal leaves of a Rein Orchid)
Blue Dicks
Calla Lily
Wild Oats (yes, it blooms)
Bush Poppy
California Buttercup
Fendler’s Meadow-Rue
Tumbleweed
Windmill Pink
Miner’s Lettuce
Fuschia-Flowered Gooseberry
Pacific Sanicle
Southern Tauscia
Southern Brass Buttons
Mulefat
Cliff Aster
Silver Puffs
Prickly Sow-Thistle
Common Sow-Thistle
Beggar’s Ticks
Slender Thistle
Milk Thistle
Golden Yarrow
Sticky Snakeroot
Bush Sunflower
Canyon Sunflower
Two Color Everlasting
Old Man of Spring
Popcornflower
Spotted Hideseed
Common Phacelia
White Sticky Phacelia
Elderberry
Eastwood Manzanita
Prickly Phlox
Periwinkle
Common Bedstraw
Horehound
Black Sage
Hummingbird Sage
Woodmint
Sticky Monkeyflower
Figwort
Coastal Morning-Glory
Tree Tobacco
White Nightshade
Purple Nightshade
Black Mustard
Hedge Mustard
Shepherd’s Purse
Milk Maids
Wild Radish
Bladderpod
Common Manroot
Deerweed
Bird’s foot seven-foil
Pacific Pea
Miniature Lupine
Arroyo Lupine
White Sweet Clover
Yellow Annual Sweet Clover
Hairy Vetch
Red-Stemmed Storksbill
Chinese-Caps
Common Rush-Rose
Bull Mallow
Checkerbloom
Sandysoil Suncup
California Suncup
Bermuda Buttercup
Bigpod Ceanothus
Greenbark
Blue Bush
Chamise
Mountain Mahogany
Sticky Potentilla
California Wild Rose
California Blackberry
Poison Oak

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