Spring in the Algarve

Robert Parks via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 09:37:28 PDT
California, at least in the interior northern Santa Lucia, is very dry.
Definitely not a good spring bloom season even in the usual best
spots...steep dry meadows, The heaviest flowering is among the various
species of Ceanothus (California Lilac), isolated patches of Eschscholzia
caespitosa (Tusfted Poppy) and Lupine. At higher moist locations, Primula
clevelandii (Padre's Shotting Star) is still blooming. Everywhere, the
dependable Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks) was blooming lightly. Saw
one orchid (maybe a Piperia) not yet in bloom. Here and there the usual
Salvias (Hummingbird Sage, Chia) and Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush).
Looking forward, Calochortus albus (Fairy Lantern) are in bud. Oh, how
could I forget the largest geophyte, Marah fabacea (Manroot) tangling in
the understory starting its unimpressive bloom.

Here and there, pleasant thin carpets of small annuals (Leptosiphon, tiny
yellow Asteraceae), but the usual medium sized annuals were mostly absent
except in north facing gullies.

Robert




On Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 1:44 AM Johannes-Ulrich Urban via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> After good winter rain the native flowers are very beautiful at this time
> of the year, sorry to repeat myself. I walked through flowering meadows
> near the south coast of the Algarve and would like to share this with you.
>
> The first two pictures show Convulvulus tricolor as a dominant flower,
> mixed with others, a garden designer could not have done better.  They give
> the green hills an unreal  blue sheen from a distance.
>
> The third picture shows a meadow of gladiolus illyricus or italicus, only
> distinguishable in seed, I did not check.
>
> How does California look like now?
>
> Bye for now
>
> Uli
>
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