The Week in Bloom


The week preceding the vernal equinox welcomed the return of web-spinning spiders around our property, harvesting a new crop of air born insects brought on by the warm weather and longer days. We’re also beginning to see evidence of an oddly early annual migration of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), if yesterday’s swarms along route 101 were any indication. Meanwhile, here’s the local flower report:


Mustard (Brassica juncea) in the meadows is on the wane


while the Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans) is in its full glory along the coast.