This Lantana is really beautiful right now. Despite it's non-native status, I like it quite a bit. I don't think this form is widely available now - it has a thick central trunk and then spills over onto the ground.
This climbing penstemon is at home next to the Lantana
Bulb season has arrived in Southern California. It's been here a few weeks for me with my first bloom of Tritelia laxa on Jan 8:
Last year I had a practice of shaking the seeds from each bulb back into its pot. In some cases this is paying off handsomely.
One issue is knowing one from the rest.
However in many cases the blooms are distinctive and timed particularly. This is Triteleia laxa (previously Brodiaea laxa) also known as Ithuriel's spear, now with two blooms. This is always the first to bloom.
I added Fremont's Star Lily to my bulbs this year. It used to be known as Fremont's Death Camas Lily. Fun stuff.
Here's a graph of number of E. terracina pulled versus date starting in 2013 and going to 1/2/2015. This is based
on my personal data from Lunada Canyon covering the same hillside area of perhaps 5000 ft^2.
My buddy Dan, his brother, and I took a hybrid trail + cross country route to Waterman Peak a few months ago. It's great to relive that hike today when the weather is much colder. I held on to this posting for a while in draft status because I thought I'd identify some plants, but I'm setting it free now without doing that homework.
The San Pedro annex had 0.25", so once again there is no easily identifiable correlation between the two locations.
This was a cold storm as promised by the meteorologists. I read the rain gauge on the 1st of the new year and it was just under 0.1". My experience is that there isn't too much evaporation so I rounded up to the nearest increment on the gauge.