Endemic to the California Floristic Province, Clematis lasiantha is known by several common names: chaparral clematis, pipestem clematis, and chaparral virgin’s bower. I passed by the native deciduous vine on my walk in the San Diego back country chaparral a couple of days ago, and went back to photograph it this morning.
I remember another hiking road where I saw the vine, so soon I’m heading out to take a look.
Today I am celebrating the Vernal Equinox, when the sun shines directly over the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal everywhere in the world. For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox marks the official beginning of spring. I already have a very bad case of SPRING FEVER, which means that everyday, I’m extraordinarily restless, have great difficulty concentrating, and must get out of the house to marvel at this year’s wondrous flowering . . .