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2014 Wildflower Reports
April 15, 2014 Son reports: n Lancaster on Avenue I from 110 West to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is blazing with flowers. Carpet and carpet of flowers, with many different color. The poppy is not big, but it's a good thing because they blend really well with other flowers create wonderful field of color.
April 15, 2014 Katie reports: Just West and North of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve on 170th Street. April 14, 2014. There were a lot! In the midst of all that neon orange I found one white poppy. Putting the camera on the ground and looking through backlit petals was a nice change of perspective.
April 15, 2014 Gregg reports: I did a 350 mile, 10 hour wildflower trek on Friday, April 11 from Joshua Tree to Antelope Valley and back. I didn’t get anywhere near to making all the stops I wanted to make, but it was still a good and exhausting day (I slept 11 hours that night). Antelope Valley was golden yellow and blazing orange with Goldfields and California poppies, particularly along Hwy 138, where you can follow dirt roads up into the hills. Blankets of luminous yellow Desert dandelions were mixed in here and there.
The highlights were along Munz Ranch Rd., which runs south, from Antelope Valley down to Lake Elizabeth, and Bob’s Gap, which is off of 165th Street, south of Hwy 138 and Lake Los Angeles.
Bob’s Gap had a nice variety of color and texture going on with Bigelow’s Coreopsis, Parry’s Linanthus, Pringle’s woolly daisy, Our Lord’s candles, White Tidy Tips, a few Bigelow’s monkeyflowers, lupine sp. Cream cups, Mentzelia sp., Fremont’s phacelia, Chia and more.
Munz Ranch Rd., in and near a wildfire-blackened area, had goldfields, pincushion, Grape Soda lupine, paintbrush sp., Bigelow’s Coreopsis, globe gilia, Chia, Scarlet bugler, Jewelflower, phacelia, Mojave suncup, Baby blue eyes and more. At the intersection of the road with Lake Elizabeth Rd. there is a hillside doing a very good impersonation of Gorman Post Rd circa 2003: it is blanketed in orange and blue. Absolutely gorgeous.
And of course there are blankets of Desert dandelions everywhere in the Lake Los Angeles area. It’s ridiculous, how wildflowery some parts of the desert are…
Attached are photos of Scarlet bugler, poppy and phacliea hillside, Grape Soda lupine, and phacelia from Munz Ranch Rd.; roadside wildflowers from Bob's Gap; California poppies from Antelope Valley; and a Wallace's woolly daisy bouquet from Hwy 18 near Llano.
April 11, 2014 Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 10th, the hills are green with rivers of orange around the park. The bloom is much better than the last two years, and with the periodic rains we had had in March we should have a good bloom spread through all of April. Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park. The best poppy showing is currently at the west end of the North Poppy Loop trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there's no difficulty in seeing them. Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.
HUGE poppies along the northwest end of the Loop Trail!
April 10, 2014 Steve reports: These photos were taken at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta, California - 4/9/14
April 8, 2014 Margaret reports: Happy to report that we have poppies at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve they are large and vibrant and growing in large patches - far exceeding our expectations! Best spot: west end of the North Poppy Loop Trail, with the biggest flowers I've ever seen! Remember to stay on the trail; we've had rattlers out there too! The poppies are right along the trail so you don't need to go out in the fields anyway!
April 8, 2014 RH reports: Taken 4-7-14 northwest corner of Ave L and 10th St East (aka Challenger) in Lancaster.
April 8, 2014 Shane reports: On April 5th I did a photo shoot on Ave "T" between Palmdale and Saddleback Butte State Park.
Another good spot was where Munz Ranch road and Elizabeth Lake Rd meet at Elizabeth Lake.
April 8, 2014 Gregg reports:…spent Saturday, April 5th, along the much ballyhooed South Main Divide Rd., in the Santa Ana Mts., perusing what was an orgy of botany, every bit as fantastic as advertised. One previous visitor to the area claimed it was the best wildflower display west of the desert: he may be correct.
Though my time was limited, I was still able to find Caterpillar Phacelia, Miniature and Stinging lupine, Canterbury bells (hillsides blanketed with it), California and Hairy suncup, San Diego jewelflower, a single Fire poppy, California poppies, Woodland stars, Short-lobed Phacelia (ubiquitous in some areas), Common cryptantha, Prickly phlox, Bishop’s lotus, Blue dicks, Black sage, Globe gilia, Johnny jup-ups, Chaparral pea, Our Lord’s candle, Paper daisy, Tidy tips, Sticky monleyflower, Paintbrush (C. foliolosa), Slender sunflower, Showey penstemon, Red-skinned onion, Coulter’s snpardragon, a few Baby blue-eyes, Chia, and a single small Clarkia.
At Santa Rosa Plateau I found buttercups, checkermallow, Blue-eyed grass, Common Muilla and Pomona locoweed. As usual, I wish I had more time there…
April 4, 2014 Katie reports: Off Ave T in Lancaster East of 120th on March 31
Fremont’s Phacelia and Broad leaf Gilia and Mojave Royal Lupine, Barstow Wooly Daisy
April 3, 2014 El reports: Antelope Valley California, on the way to Saddleback Butte State Park on Sanday, March 31.
Antelope Valley California, on the way to Saddleback Butte State Park on T Ave
April 2, 2014 Linda reports: Went out to the poppy reserve, Monday, April 1st. Still nothing there to speak of, but if you go down 110 street between ave G and D there is tons of color. It was cold and windy when I took these pics so it is only half of what you would see if it was nice weather. It will be amazing this weekend with a forecast of 78 on Sunday.
April 1, 2014 Katie reports: Saddleback Butte on Saturday March 29. Mojave Royal Lupine, Desert Calico, and desert dandelions.
March 31 off of Avenue T just West of 170. An hour before sundown I got to see Evening Snow in the Bigelow’s Coreopsis as well as Barstow Woolly Daisy
April 1, 2014 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The season is doing a complete 180! The hills are green, no carpets of orange yet but it's already better than it's been the last two years! The weather is supposed to bring a little more precipitation, so I'm trying not to get excited but the bloom forecast is starting to look really good!! The peak is typically mid-April, but come out any time at this point because the poppies look so happy!
April 1, 2014 Jimbo reports: Last year there was a fire in the mountains above and to the west of Lake Elsinore. So, we'd thought that we'd go for a drive and see if there were any wildflowers in the burn area today (3/29/14). Just a couple miles south of the Ortega Highway on the Main Divide Road, we found a burn area straddling the road that had a nice mix of wildflowers. Just be advised that the burn area is rather large and the area with the wildflowers is fairly small. I add this because my wife found the area depressing. The enclosed photos will give you some idea of what you're in for if you decide to take a look. Since its such a small area in bloom, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that would be driving more than a half hour or so. Right now, its the best area that I've come across in Orange County so far this year. However, because of the drought that's not saying much.
Mar 29, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 29th, the hills are green with patches of healthy poppies around the park, mostly along the trails. We expect more rain this weekend which will help the recently germinated plants survive longer, so we may have a good season after all with a peak in mid-April. The bloom is already much better than the last two years. Other wildflowers such as forget me nots, lupine, goldfields, and fiddleneck can be found throughout the park.
Poppies open up on nice days, but they curl up if it’s windy and cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. It is frequently windy here during the spring. The other wildflowers stay open, however, making a mosaic of color that changes daily. The weather can change suddenly, so bring a jacket. This is a desert grassland, so bring water and drink often. Bottled water is available for purchase in the interpretive center.
Mar 29, 2014 Dusa reports Off of I 10 take Box Canyon to Mecca some wildflower in the area.
Mar 27, 2014 Gregg reports …returned to the Landers/Giant Rock area yesterday, 3/26 (after a 2-week absence), and was surprised to find the bloom spreading and thriving. Only the Dune evening primrose were in decline. Desert marigolds carpeted a large portion of the desert; it’s not the plush carpet of Coreopsis at Saddleback Butte, but it’s a carpet none-the-less. Desert dandelions took over nearer Giant Rock. There were lots more Mojave lupine; mounds of Wallace’s wooly daisies, Fremont’s pincushion, Little desert poppies, Brown-eyed primrose, Mojave suncups, Gilia and Phacelis sp., Scalebud, scattered Desert sand verbena and Freckled milkvetch, Silky dalea… The new flowers I found were Frost mat, Wishbone bush, Desert and Schott’s calico, Miniature wooly star, Wire lettuce, and Hole-in-the-sand plant. I just missed a blooming Prickly poppy, but there were some other plants yet to bloom.
Attached are photos of Hole-in-the-sand plant, Wire lettuce, and the desert covered with Desert marigolds.
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