It's that time of year when everything seems to be blooming here on the timber ranch. The ceanothus (aka false lilac and tickweed) is flowering all over. That's not a good sign - ceanothus is considered a weed here. Wherever it grows is someplace that a fir tree isn't growing. We're always hacking it back. Here's some growing on a steep hill under some madrone:
We were surprised this year to see some trillium flowers blooming near our house. I had thought the flowers on trillium to always be white, but these have a pastel purple color to them that is wonderful. These only grow where it is cool and shady. The three big leaves make them easy to identify, even though the flower looks a lot like the wild irises that grow around here, which are also blooming now.