Every year we experience what I have come to call "Second Spring." It's different than Indian Summer, in that it is not a dry period nor does it come after a killing frost. After the rains start up again in the late summer or early fall, plants start sprouting again, just as they would in springtime. And they continue growing until we do finally get cold temperatures, which can be well into the new year.
A good crop of Second Spring grass has grown up by December.
Indian Warriors sprouting in December.
More Indian Warriors in January.
The manzanitas bloom every Second Spring. This is in December.
Manzanita blossoms in January.
Later in January the blossoms have succumbed to the colder weather (and probably some rain also).
These manzanitas kept going and growing--all the way to February.
Old acorn, new leaves.
Catkins and new leaves in October.
California Hoptree buds in November.
California Hoptree flowers in November.
Pacific Pea blooming in November.
New Toyon berries (and one old) in January.
New and old Creambush leaves in October.
Creambush blossoms in January.
New Sticky Monkeyflower leaves sprouting in October.