Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
From the tops of the hills, we looked down over western Phoenix to the White Tank Mountains in the far distance.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Seven weeks old.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
There is some debate about how to pronounce the name of this tree. We thought that the correct pronunciation was with the Spanish 'h' sound for the 'j', as in Hawk-a-rahnda. You can see rows and rows of them from the 110 Freeway, lining the streets below, reaching west to the beach and east to the desert.
MamaMia and The Professor made up a little ditty in honor of Purple Jacaranda Trees in Springtime:
(use the Spanish pronunciation)
Jaca-, jaca-, jacaranda!
See them blooming- ovah yondah!
When I drive my purple Honda,
I look like a Jacaranda!
But evidently the tree originated in a region where its name is pronounced Jack-a-randa. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Lavender Lantana, used mostly as ground cover in my 'edge of the mountains' neighborhood.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I am not wearing green clothing, nor should I be. I should be sporting orange because in Ireland (the land of ONE of my ancestors) the Catholics traditionally wore green on St. Patrick's Day and the Protestants wore orange. I'm not wearing orange either; I have on navy slacks and a navy sweater because it's my birthday and I am wearing my favorite color.
Anyway, it's fun to drink green beer and look for green four leaf clovers. All I could find today was old, withered three leaf clovers in the front school yard.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
There are many other yellow Spring flowers. We find them everywhere along the Southern California coastal areas in February and March. Some of the plants are domesticated and some are still living out in the wild hills and along the beaches.
These yellow blossoms of spring grow on vines and we can see them in front gardens as we walk along the sidewalks in Old Town Camarillo.
That's why I had not noticed them before. They've been dormant. Now they're blooming all over the hills and mountains. The specimen above is blooming on the mountain behind Willow's Cottage along with hundreds of its seedling buddies.
*Native Plant Garden, Guide to Island Plant Adaptations by Bill McCawley, Western National Parks Association.