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2015 Northern California Wildflower Reports

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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