USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - July 2011 - Christmas in July

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ImageKelli
Aug 10, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
It's Christmas in July with redberry.
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There is some moss that is still green.
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Harding grass is invasive but it it prettier than the other invasive grasses.
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narrow-leafed milkweed
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Tarweed is a common summer flower
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Which way should be go? We went on both trails. It's a small park.
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I was surprised to still see blooming purple clarkia...
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...foothill penstemon...
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...and golden yarrow.
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the last of this year's scarlet larkspur
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This chemise was cut for trail maintenance but it is already starting to grow back.
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gumplant
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a thicket of wild rose
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California wild rose and friend
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The trail got very rutted over the winter so they were doing some trail maintenance.
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water smartweed
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burhead
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The Rocky Oaks pond will probably not go dry this year.
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the back side of the pond
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bull thistle
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This is called heliotrope, but unlike garden heliotrope, it has no fragrance.
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a western scene
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It's Christmas in July with oak tree mistletoe
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Imagemarsue
Aug 13, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Another series of great photos, Kelli! I'm always amazed at the variety of wildflowers in your area and sometimes amused at their names. Smiling Thanks for taking us along with you as you hike. Thumbs up
ImageKelli
Aug 13, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
They do have some funny names sometimes. Burhead makes me think of my brother. When he was a kid, he'd get a crew cut and we'd call him burhead - not all of the time, just once in a while.
tropicbreeze
Aug 14, 2011 5:37 AM CST
They certainly bring some serious equipment in for trail maintenance. I've noticed our misletoe seems to be putting on a flourish. Should be flowering soon. I started putting together a photo ID for our local ones (another of the many projects started and still awaiting finishment Big Grin ).
ImageKelli
Aug 14, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
The soil can be very hard here. If it is like the soil in my yard, it is almost impossible for me to dig when it is dry. It was surprising how little damage there was to the stuff along side the trails. (None!) I looked up that model of bulldozer and it is designed for trail maintenance.

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