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2014 Wildflower Reports
Mar 7, 2014 - Saddleback Butte State Park reports: Saddleback wildflowers are exploding! There are carpets of yellow coreopsis with gilia mixed in at the north half of the park/picnic area, and the south half/campground area is covered with fiddleneck and a mix of other wildflowers. It smells lovely and the color is beautiful! Come out for a picnic, or stay the night among the wildflowers. No telling how long it will last, but there's still a lot of buds on the flowers so we've likely got a few weeks. Saddleback Butte State Park is a state park in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert, in Southern California. It is located east of Palmdale, near the community of Lake Los Angeles.
Mar 7, 2014 -Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: There are no wildflowers on the monument at this time. It's been a very dry year on the monument and we aren't expecting much of a wildflower season.
Mar 6, 2014 Gregg reports: I was back in the Landers/Giant Rock area (3/3/14); the bloom is progressing nicely. There is a lot more of most of the wildflowers I've reported the past couple weeks, and the green is covering a much larger area. The highlight of my day was finding Mojave lupine, which I have seen only once before (2003, in Red Rock Canyon, Kern Co.). Other new wildflowers were a few Joshua trees, Desert tobacco, Creosote bush, and a Phacelia and Camissonia sp.
Mar 3, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We got almost 4 inches from this storm! We went from a season total of .7 to 4.2 inches!!! This means we MIGHT have a great year after all- we'll have lots of seedlings coming up, but the plants that sprout this late will have shallow roots and they'll be more vulnerable to freezes, hot spells and drying winds. So it's not guaranteed, but it's certainly going to be a vastly better season than we were expecting! Mid April will likely be our peak.
Feb 28, 2014 - Gregg reports: I went back over to the Landers/Giant Rock area (Feb 25), in advance of the predicted rain. Everything that was blooming last week is still blooming, but in greater numbers, plus there were some new things blooming: Wallace's wooly daisy, Fremont's pincushion, Desert chicory and dandelions, a Gila and a Lotus sp., Thick-leaved ground cherry, purple mat, chia, and Bajada lupine. It's a pretty good show given how parched we are. With the rain coming, well, it can only get better, right? Attached are photos of White tidy tips, Wallace's wooly daisy, and Bajada lupine.
Feb. 27, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We got .2 of an inch last night! Not a lot, but enough to keep the little guys going a little longer. More to come tonight; we might even have a "March Miracle" after all!
Feb. 24, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The hills are still brown but there's actually many poppy sprouts; they're VERY small and a few have managed to squeeze out one flower. There's a couple dry puddle areas with a small concentration of flowers on the Antelope trail between the picnic area and Kitanemuk point. There were also some tiny forget-me-nots along the trails if you look really close. Hopefully the rain predicted this week will give them a chance to grow a little more! Or this meager bloom won't last long! Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve shared a recent photo from volunteer Jenny Fajardo- watch where you step on the trails!
Feb 18, 2014 - Gregg reports: I've found an area near Landers/Giant Rock with a variety of wildflowers and lots of green hinting at things to come. There's lots of blooming desert marigold; some freckled and Layne's milkvetch; California croton; queen's root; sand verbena; dune evening, brown-eyed, and pale primrose; spectacle pod, Cryptantha sp.; devil's lettuce; Mentzelia sp.; little gold poppies; desert chicory; scalebud... Some of the wildflowers are easily spotted from the road; some require closer investigation.
Along 29 Palms Hwy, traveling west out of 29 Palms, there are occasional outbreaks of desert dandelion, phacelia, and dune evening primrose.
Feb 18, 2014 - Doris reports: On Saturday, Feb. 8 in the El Paso Mountain Range, near Ridgecrest a Bladder Pod and Fremont Phacelia.
Feb 18, 2014 -Ashley reports: Further to Michael's report of 2/11/2014 - I visited the Newberry Springs area on Sat 2/15/2014, and the following were in bloom, Heliotrope Phacelia, Blazing Star, Pygmy Poppy, Narrow Leaved Primrose, Forget-me-not, Pincushion, California Tickseed, Suncup, Star Gilia, Chia and Fiddleneck. (hills are green) Also I checked out Ridgecrest, near the El Paso Mountains, last night 02/17/2014, and the following were in bloom in low lying areas, Gilia, Rattlesnake Weed, Forget-me-not's, Pigmy Poppy, Goldfields, Milk Vetch & Phacelia. All in low lying areas, where water sat from earlier rains, and very small specimens.
I visited Red Rock Canyon State Park off SR14, on Sat 2/15/2014, and the following were in bloom, Gilia, Forget-me-not & Bladderpod (quite bleak)
Feb 11, 2014 - Michael reports: Unfortunately none of my pictures turned out very good. I’m using the excuse that there was a pretty strong wind, but at least they show there are a few flowers to be found. Picture “001” of the mini poppy was taken two weekends ago in the Ship Mountains with my phone since I went off on a hike without my camera. It was the only bloom I saw but there are a lot plants growing. The other pictures were taken yesterday near Newberry Springs off of highway 40. There are not a lot of flowers yet, but the area is very green and looks like it has great potential.
Feb. 15, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: These are a couple of the largest poppy sprouts right now, and the one on the right actually has a bud on it! So there will be at least one poppy ;') There are actually many poppy seedlings, but without moisture in the soil they can be easily wiped out by a couple of windy days, a warm spell, or a freeze.
Feb. 11, 2014 - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: California is experiencing a severe drought again this year, and the Poppy Reserve has only had 2/3 of an inch of rain. There are a few sprouts coming up, but without additional precipitation they won't survive to flower. The hills are still brown and we don't expect much of a bloom this year.
Feb. 6, 2014 - DUSA reports: Some rain is forecasted for today. No new sighting of wildflowers yet.
Feb. 1, 2014 - Dollie reports: Hi Jim, I took this photo of a Scorpion flower, I think it's called........today, and I've been seeing them here in Imperial Dam area, by Squaw Lake for a couple of weeks. We've also seen Beavertail cactus in bloom, and Ajo Lily, or Desert Lily in the past week, blooming.
Here is a photo of a Sand Blazing Star, and I've seen lots in this past week of January. We are out at Imperial Dam, by Squaw Lake, California. - click on picture for more wildflower information
Jan 30, 2014 - Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: It's been a very dry fall/winter on the monument, might not be much of a wildflower show for 2014.
Jan 13, 2014 - DUSA reports: California is entering its third consecutive dry winter, with no sign of moisture on the horizon. The city of Los Angeles has received only 3.6 inches of rain this year—far below its average of 14.91 inches. The state is enduring its driest year on record and while a drought emergency has not yet been officially declared, the U.S. National Drought Monitor shows that as of Dec. 24, nearly the entire state is gripped by severe to extreme drought conditions.
Unless things change the outlook for wildflowers this year is not good, though there is still a chance that we will get some rain.
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