It is very easy to tell male and female Hop-sages and Desert Hollies apart in the spring. Hop-sage is leafing and blooming prolificly this spring due to a well spaced, normal rainfall this past winter. The female flowers have green bracts that are on the tips of the stems that eventually turn a deep pink. The male flowers are small, yellowish with deep pink. They are pictured in the second photo.
Last Tuesday we played hookie for a couple of hours and walked in the desert. Everywhere it was green! The shrubs were leafing out and looking the best they had in five years. Blotched-sided Lizards were zipping across our path, stopping on occation to do little pushups. Teeny white flowers that are part of the forget-me-not family carpeted patches of the desert floor. The sun was getting bright, and it was getting almost too warm. It was time to turn home. Some scat and,
Our desert is green, very green. The rains last night and this morning will keep it that way. What the flowers will do is hard to say. Early blooming Milk Vetch has been blooming for a couple of weeks. The usually rare Yellow Evening Primroses are making quite a showing this year. These spectatular blossoms open at in the evening, bloom through the night so moths can pollinate them, and start to fade once the sun rises.
California City? Where on Earth is that? I'm guessing in California? Yes! It is. It is in the heart of the high desert of the West Mojave. There is much to see and do in and around California City. With this blog, and its sister website http://www.californiacitychamber.com, we will inform and update those that live and visit here. Let's start with a map of the area that highlights points of interest.