Our gorgeous, golden coastal native, the giant coreopsis, is now flowering on Point Dume. It's deciduous, so other than these few brief weeks, it's a stumpy, lumpy-looking plant. And it's a succulent, which means it can't stand up to frost, but can survive a drought.
Well, maybe not this drought.
If you're a regular visitor to the Point Dume headlands, you'll see the flowers are sparser and the plants are browner than in past years. The bloom came later this year as well, didn't emerge until those last two little rain storms we had.
The plants are still beautiful, of course--
...an unexpected burst of color and frilly green in our naturally sere bit of coastline.
California, still the golden state.
(Be careful -- parking is limited at Point Dume. Law enforcement types patrol often, and hand out pricey tickets.)
Thanks to Yahoo's latest changes to Flickr, I had to switch to the French language version to get the embed code for this video. Ever since Yahoo started with these redesigns, what was once a sweet little photo site has become slow and bloated. Needlessly complicated. As we say en français -- terrible.
So what's ridiculous is that what began as a post about the hummingbird wars presently being waged up at the barn (see le video) instead became this grrr-it-sucks Flickr rant.
Any of Flickr's foreign language options will give you access to the pre-March 2014 redesign of the site. For now, anyway.