Monday, February 20, 2012
The Pipevine climbs on trees and shrubs, and at this time of year the blossoms are quite easy to see as the surrounding deciduous trees and shrubs still have no leaves. The ginger, when it's in bloom, is predominantly a ground cover of large, heart-shaped (cordiform) leaves with the blossoms hiding beneath. To see the blossoms, one must push some leaves aside. It helps to know when they are blooming. Besides Boyle Ravine, I've found another good patch of these near the beginning of the paved walkway at Feather River College, the one that leads from the main parking lot up to the main classroom buildings.