Encelia californica

Encelia californica is native to southern California and Baja California, where it’s a member of the coastal sage plant community. It’s a bushy, sprawling shrub reaching between one half and 1.5 meters in height. The solitary flower heads are daisy-like, and it blooms from February to June, attracting butterflies, bees, and other insects.

It’s often planted to start a native garden, and then replaced with longer-lived shrubs over time. It can help jumpstart an area to change the soil ecology to help mazanitas and ceanothus plants.

Our block is covered with bush sunflowers, and they’ve just begun to bloom. Yay! 🌻

au jour le jour

I’m super happy with my new handmade sketchbook, constructed with covers from an old French textbook. I plan to use it as a perpetual journal à la Lara Gastinger, with one spread per week, added to over the next four or five years.

Au jour le jour means “day by day”, which seems perfect for a sketchbook. Though perhaps it could really be titled de semaine en semaine (“from week to week”) or tout au long de l’année (“throughout the year”). Regardless, I’m excited to start recording my nature observations in this book.