We went up Lucas Valley in Marin County (north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) to see what was blooming and were amply rewarded. Walking up the Loma Alta Trail by Big Rock we found:numerous yellow lilies with blue gilias,
A few sidalceas…
Across from Skywalker Ranch, the Chinese Houses (Collinsia sparsiflora) were still blooming, but passing their prime (it is late for them anyway!)
Skywalker Ranch is home to (George) LucasFilms of Star Wars fame. Built as a movie-makers retreat out in the countryside, it is a working production facility and includes a huge technical sound building.