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2015 Northern California Wildflower Reports

April 23, 2015 Daniel Reports: Monday 4/13/15 I went hiking on three different trails at Point Reyes National Seashores. I started out going to Keyhole Beach and here is where I saw the highest concentration of flowers together. Granted many of the flowers were yellow mustard and small white & pink flowers. However, there were small patches with a high concentration of California poppies together on the hillside near the beach. For a short hike and to see a lot of flowers, the path to Keyhole Beach is the place I would recommend.




I next hiked to Abbott's Lagoon. The first half of the hike is though a grassland area with spots of California poppies all along the trail. However, the vegetation is this area is at least one third dried out. When you get to the Lagoon area there are more variety of wildflowers with spots of Douglas Iris, yellow bush lupines, and even goldfields on the hills. I saw one good size patch of yellow flowers (California buttercups) but other then that the flowers were not as concentrated together as compared to Keyhole Beach. As for wildlife, I saw some song sparrows and quail roaming around the grassland area.

April 17, 2015 Bob Reports: On a hike at the Open Space Preserve at Lucas Valley Road (Marin County), there was a profusion of wildflowers. I know profusion is overused but there were vast fields of blooms a short walk from the road. Here's my day list: false lupine, tidy tips, butter and eggs, buttercup, columbine, goldfields, Douglas iris, lomatium, chick lupine, bicolor lupine, silver bush lupine, woodland madia, purple sanicle, checkerbloom, cream cups, woodland star, yarrow, narrow-leaf mule's ear, blue-eyed grass, white form of blue-eyed grass, owl's clover, blue dicks, naked buckwheat, Ithuriel's spear, seep monkeyflower, hedge nettle, blue flax, lianthus, California phacelia, fiddleneck, Coast larkspur and popcorn flower.



April 9, 2015 Daniel Reports: I went on a guided tour of the vernal pool flowers at the Jepson Prairie Preserve 4/4/15. The docents from the Solano Land Trust were able to take us to the normally restricted fenced area where most the flowers are on the right side lake/pond. At the beginning of the tour you see patches of mini lupines. However, you don't see the fields of goldfields until the second half of the tour because they are on the other side of the lake. There are some spots of different wildflowers here and there but mostly large patches of goldfields. The docents explained that the flowers are currently at the season peak and most likely will remain so for at least another week. Tours are at 10:00 am on Saturday & Sunday & no RSVP needed for groups of less than 5. The Jepson Prairie Preserve is located on Cook Lane, off of Hwy 113, about 10 miles south of Dixon, CA


Daniel Reports 2: On Saturday I also went to the North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve taking the tour through the Oroville Wildflower Festival. Unfortunately, it is already at least 2 weeks past the season flower peak. About half of the vegetation has already dried out. There are still patches of lupines but no California poppies and no endless carpets of flowers fields like I saw last year. Many of the vernal pools have dried up but there are still some that have goldfields & white and magenta colored flowers. The bloom came early this season and started drying quickly. The current rains may help the remaining vegetation but like I mentioned it is at least 2 weeks past the flower peak.



Mar 16, 2015 Ray Reports: Taken on Sunday, March 14, 2015. Location: North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Oroville, CA (Northern California)





Mar 13, 2015 BLM Reports: The hills bordering the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California can be great places to view wildflowers. According to the Hollister Field Office botanist, this year has been one of the most productive years for wildflowers since 2010. Photos by Ryan O'Dell, BLM.




Mar 9, 2015 Dean Reports: Santa Teresa County Park - County of Santa Clara 3/8/15




Mar 9, 2015 CTS Reports: Couple of shots I took 3/8/15 -- Northern California - Colusa County (roadsides) Common Sowthistle and Henbit
Mustard, Filaree, Miners Lettuce, Common Chickweed, Red Maids, Sow Thistle, Butter cup (Oxalis, Common Speedwell & Common Fiddleneck are amoung the many I observed in bloom 3/8/15.



Mar 7, 2015 Sherby Reports: Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Glen Ellen about 7 miles north of the town of Sonoma, Northern California. Saw these March 7. They include hounds tongue, Douglas iris, shooting star, mules ears, a primrose and an sunflower I'm not familiar with. More flowers getting ready to bloom.



Feb 26, 2015 CTS reports: I took these photo's today, Colusa, Ca area give everyone an idea even without good rains, we do have some beauty to behold. Much of the rural areas are private property, landowner rights must be respected. Failure results in loss too all those who enjoy visiting rural areas and enjoying the color.





Feb 24, 2015 Mark reports: San Francisco flowers are starting on all coasts of the City. Across the Golden Gate, Marin Headland are beginning to bloom. Blue Iris in woods and Zigadene from the woods to the hillsides. Toothwort in the shaded hills and poppies popping sporadically most everywhere. Evening Primrose from the hills to sea cliffs. Yellow Sorrel is most common everywhere.




Feb 20, 2015 David reports: Pacheco Pass State Park Well for once up in Northern Californa wildflowers have beat you in the south to the draw haha. Of course the drought down there has not helped. Image captured at Pacheco State Park on February 16, 2015:


Padres shooting stars

The area received much rain in December that started clocks of all the early blooming species. Then the two big warm storms of early February dropped a full 4 inches in the park's rain gauges according to a park worker I spoke with.

Padres shooting stars and blue dicks have suddenly come out in dense local zones. Wildflowers in this park are never everywhere but rather patchy. Even in the wettest years there are considerable areas with just green grass. But that grass makes its landscapes magical in midday light glowing intensely green. And there are good numbers of California buttercup, miner's lettuce, and johnny-jump-ups. Also other scattered species as California poppies, purple sanicle, lomatium, mosquito bills, fiddleneck, gooseberry, and popcorn flower plus several others. Vast numbers of stunted filaree plants are yet to flower and it is still a month too early for goldfields.

The shooting stars form primarily in dense patches near the top of northern aspects of ridges and bloom, pollinate, and then fade quickly in just a matter of days. Areas of blue dicks dominate sunny south facing slopes and one will also see poppies there near sandstone outcrops. As those 2 species fade others will increase though for photographers the shooting stars are most showy.

Jan 13, 2014 DUSA reports: No reports at this date. E-mail your digital photos and reports to Jim@desertusa.com. Use Wildflower Report as the subject of your e-mail.


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