Yes this is my final post from the Theodore Payne Foundation. I didn't mean to stretch it out over four days...it just happened that way. Today I'll share the rest of what I saw as I walked the ¾ mile trail up and down through chaparral and coastal sage scrub. I started at the entrance to the fire management demo garden...
Pellaea mucronata, aka bird foot fern. Hardy in Zones 5 -10.
Rhus ovata, aka sugarbush. Hardy in Zones 6 -10
The skies were threatening that day, but luckily they didn't unleash, at least not while I was outside.
Hesperoyucca whipplei, I believe.
And it's bloomspike with seed pods.
I broke one open, that's a lot of seeds! This guy is pollinated by the California yucca moth (Tegeticula maculata—more info here) I didn't see any holes where the moth larvae bored out.
Birds kept circling and landing on other yucca blooms, I managed to catch a pair in position.
I had said there were no wildflowers blooming. I was wrong...
But the green hills and yucca (plus a few opuntia) were the real attractions.
This yucca bloom had seed pods with eyelashes.
See what I mean?
Ah, the end of the trail, top of the hill...
Nobody brought me a picnic though.
Once I was up top the skies cleared a bit.
The leaves look like those on my Salvia clevelandii.
And these more like Salvia apiana.
Almost back down to the nursery now, I wonder what animal made that flattened spot in the spring-green grass?
This scene begs a great caption.
I wonder if there's a screen (TV, computer) in the locked box?
Ah, leave it to me to end the trail at the beginning, oh well. At least I made it out before 4:00.
Weather Diary, Jan 9: Hi 42, Low 36/ Precip trace
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