Happy Valentine’s Day!
We hope you have a chance today to join the birds and the bees in experiencing the natural beauty and bounty created in San Francisco over hundreds of years.
The birds and flowers come early to San Francisco parks and offer spectacular Valentine flowers for people and wildlife alike. Now is one of the best times in parks like McLaren, Glen Canyon, and Lake Merced – all alive with the chatter of birds in forests and open woodlands planted over the past 150 years. Even the air is more crisp and alive with the smell of early springtime’s green grasses and trees. You can easily find large white eucalyptus blooms – a favorite of nectar loving bees and hummingbirds. With some luck you’ll see squirrels gobbling up the green Monterey pine cones or birds enjoying the red berries of the cotoneasters.
The grasslands are lush green with the wild oat grasses growing rapidly, a legacy brought several hundreds of years ago by the Spanish ranchers. The first yellow wave of mustard, buttercups, and dandelions have arrived along with the pink and white wild radish that paints the grassland just like when the Spaniards ran cattle here. Also adding to this naturalized, non-native bounty are a few native plants like the beautiful blue blossoms, California blackberries, and California poppies.