The brash coloration of wildflowers and silk oaks

Bloom still to be found on north-facing slopes and in shady canyons

Spring flowers include the Nuttall’s snapdragon.
  • Spring flowers include the Nuttall’s snapdragon.

San Diego’s Coastal Wildflower Bloom continues practically unabated this year owing to late-season rains and cooler weather during April. On north-facing slopes and in shady canyon bottoms, where the sun’s drying effects have not yet taken hold, look for native red monkeyflower, blue-eyed grass, wild hyacinth, and nonnatives such as chrysanthemum and mustard. Irrigated freeway embankments, with showy African daises, blooming ice-plant, and other forms of groomed landscaping continue to exhibit brash coloration.

Flowering silk oak tree (Grevillea robusta)

Flowering silk oak tree (Grevillea robusta)

The Silk Oak Tree, a fast-growing import from Australia, comes into short-lived glory this month. Golden flower clusters decorate the silvery-green branches, an effect that is particularly stunning when seen in contrast to the blue-blossoming jacaranda trees often planted nearby.

A common tree in San Diego-area parks, the silk oak is also a popular street and back yard tree in the older residential areas.

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