The chaparral is drying out. It hasn’t seen any rain in three and a half months. In September this is actually pretty good, it means the winter rains were long this year, it means the chaparral has been blooming a little longer than usual. Take this mallow: it is just now coming to the end of its blooming cycle. It has been looking this glorious for almost two months. A long time, a gift from a wet winter and a cold summer.
This summer has been like this, not so good for the vegetable garden, fantastic for the wild plants in the chaparral.