Spring is coming

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Spring is coming to the South Pasadena Nature Park (and the rest of Southern California). And from the looks of it, we may be in for another Super Bloom year! At the park the weeds are bursting out in response to the nice, steady rains we have had this winter; but so are many natives.

Some native shrubs have changed from their twiggy, moribund winter appearance to a vibrant, youthful presentation. Just a few short weeks ago the California sagebrush (Artemisia california)  looked more dead than alive. Now it has soft, light green feathery leaves, begging all who pass by to reach out and offer a gentle caress. Bush sunflower (Encelia californica) was a tangled mass of brittle stems; yet now, it is covered with deep green leaves and its first emerging yellow, daisy-like flowers. And to top off this vivid display, the golden currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum) positively glows.

In the words of LeVar Burton, “But you don’t have to take my word for it!”  Go to the park and see for yourself. Or, if you can’t, check out my photos… but you really do owe it to yourself to take a walk so you can smell the spicy sages, hear the melodious birds, commune with the trees, and experience nature’s calming effects in your own neighborhood.

  • bladderpod (Peritoma arborea)
  • fungus
  • sagebrush (Artemisia californica) leafing out in winter
  • golden currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum)
  • mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia)
  • mushroom
  • annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
  • wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa)
  • bush sunflower (Encelia californica)