Northern CA and Northwest USA Wildflower Reports 2024

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2024 Northern California and the Northwest Wildflowers reports.

 

May 3, 2024 Visit Bishop Reports: We have all sorts of beautiful flowers in our area! Here are a few from lower elevations in the White Mountains:





White Sand Verbena and Desert Marigolds We also have Mojave Asters, Notch-leaved Phacelia, Desert Brittlebush, Phlox, and more Indian Paintbrush and Lupine, as well, depending on which way you drive! 


April 24, 2024 Visit Bishop Reports: There was a lot of bee activity on these purple flowers 🐝



April 17, 2024 David Reports: I thought I'd give you a wildflower update from Northern California. Currently, we are experiencing a fairly low to moderate wildflower display in the San Francisco East Bay area. There are patches of wildflowers here and there such as poppies, California Buttercups, fiddleneck, & storksbill. With the warming weather, the flower show may improve.The best wildflowers so far are good beds of California Goldfields in the San Antone Valley up Mines Road out of Livermore. The attached photos were taken on Thursday, April 11. Both were taken from Mines Road. Visitors should be mindful that all flower blooms are on private property. 



April 1, 2024 Craig Reports: Photo taken March 30, 2024 of tidy tips in bloom at the Town of Woodside's 14-acre Kite Hill Wildflower Preserve, always a "Super Bloom" site on serpentine soil. If you live or are visiting the SF Bay Area, very easy walk to see wildflowers. No need to drive hundreds of miles or hike for miles--you can see the wildflowers from where you park. 

Google map address is 300 Jane Drive, park behind the gate and walk in through the pedestrian gate.  The road beyond the gate is private for vehicles, but the public can walk, bike or horseback ride to view the preserve. No ticks, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and no bathrooms either.  Closest bathroom is the Chevron station in town a few miles to the south.  Make it a picnic by getting something at the Roberts Market deli on the way in.

April has about 500 million tidy tips on the top 10 acres until mid-May, with a sprinkling of about another 40 kinds of wildflowers, recent count is 45 different kinds.

March 27, 2024 Craig Reports: I am reporting about the Town of Woodside's 14-acre Kite Hill Wildflower Preserve which I have been restoring for eight years now.  All that is done, is mow the weed grasses at 8-12 inches high monthly between February and June, and fertilize where needed, and the dormant wildflower seeds sprout up at the rate of 5-10 per square inch.

The Kite Hill Preserve, is always a "Wildflower SuperBloom" site, because we have worked hard to get rid of all of the weeds, so the wildflowers can sprout up and bloom as they did before the weeds covered them in the distant past. 

Google map address is 300 Jane Drive, park behind the gate and walk in through the pedestrian gate.  The road beyond the gate is private for vehicles, but the public can walk, bike or horseback ride to view the preserve.  No ticks, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, and no bathrooms either.  Closest bathroom is the Chevron station in town a few miles to the south.  Make it a picnic by getting something at the Roberts Market deli on the way in.

Starting in March, each month a new group of wildflowers bloom on the serpentine soils--March is the goldfields shown in the photo and the poppies begin.  Please do not walk off the trail into that area, it is in the process of being restored--two years ago it was a barren eroded gravel slope. 

We fertilized and mulched and dormant seeds in the serpentine gravel sprouted up, and the wildflowers and native annual Fescue grass are repairing the damages without adding any exotics.  April has about 500 million tidy tips with a sprinkling of about another 40 kinds of wildflowers, recent count is 45 different kinds.

May the Mariposa lilies appear.  Usually we have 1,000 white and 5,000 yellow, but were surprised when 200,000 yellow popped up last May.  Then June, the Clarkia - Farewell to Spring pop up.  Then July to October, the summer blooms show with millions of hayfield tarplants with their nice scents, and a big surprise is the estimated 30-50 million tiny and rare Lessingias blooming all summer. 

We are finding all over California if you mow the weed grasses once a month at 8-12 inches high, from February to June, there are dormant wildflower seeds nearly everywhere, that can then sprout up and be added to Desert USA in the future as a new Wildflower SuperBloom site.

Anyone can try this method in their back yards, or as a volunteer in an already existing open space meadow which is currently a big weed patch.  Do your monthly mowing at 8-12 inches, and take a one quart soil sample and send it to the Waypoint Lab in Anaheim, ask for the A-01 soil test and include a check for $32 and ask for "Data only in a bar graph format.  When you get the results back, ass blood meal for low nitrogen and bone meal for low phosphorus, and watch the magic happen. 

You will initially need to mow the extra weeds growing up from the fertilizing, but by the second spring should be able to start unearthing the dormant wildflower seeds in the soil.  And continuing to do the monthly mowing over time, unearth the wildflowers so their cover increases at the rate of about 20% each year--so by Year-5 you should have your own SuperBloom site, without having to sow any native seeds. 

The extra benefit of unearthing the dormant wildflower seeds in California and producing your own SuperBloom sites, is you go from very dangerous, flammable weeds to fire-safe wildflowers.


 

March 26, 2024 6659 Reports: This is table Mountain in Oroville California from this past Sunday





 

Jan 1, 2024 DUSA Reports: It should be a good wildflower year.

 

 

2023 Northern California And the Northwest Wildflowers

June 5 2023 Betsy report: Owens Valley area.



 

May 25 2023 Betsy Reports: Here are more from the Baxter Pass area...



May 20 2023 Betsy Reports: The wildflowers have been blooming for weeks here in the Owens Valley, where they started on the desert floor and then have been gradually working their way up to the base of the mountains. I"m not sure if you've been to our area, but it's pretty spectacular!




April 27 2023 David Reports: Starting to bloom pretty strongly at Chimney Rock. Saw close to 20+ species including iris, poppies, checkerbloom, cow parsnip, mule ears, pussy ears, lupine, wild cucumber, tidy tips, and paintbrush.


 

 

April 24 2023 Douglas Reports: Northern CA—Jepson Prairie near Dixon, CA, on April 22. For wildflower viewing near the SF Bay Area, the Jepson Prairie now offers a few nice patches of blooms, with Solano Land Trust-led tours on spring weekends that also show you the fascinating aquatic life in the vernal pools on the preserve.


April 24 2023 David Reports: Generally, the Northern California wildflower display appears reduced over previous years. This may be due to colder than normal temperatures for Feb- to late April. First photos: Morgan Territory Regional Preserve north of Livermore, CA
Some nice poppies & lupines along with fiddleneck & storksbill. In the shade of trees are Perry's Larkspur as well as shooting stars. Date 4/20/23

2nd photo - San Antone Valley up Mines Road from Livermore. The best displays are about 4-5 miles south of the Junction Bar & Grill. Mainly goldfields & some buttercups along with some distant purple colors (lupines, storksbill, etc. 04/21



March 27 2023 Howard Reports: Calandrina in Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, east side of Mt. Diablo. And grasses are almost lime green for the photographers. poppies in south facing cutbanks on Lafayette Ridge, big, but struggling against wind and rain. Taken between our 12th and 13th atmospheric river event.



Jan 1 2023 DesertUSA Reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for the wildflower season looks good at this point.

 

 

 

 

2022 Northern California And the Northwest Wildflowers

 

Apr 21 2022 Ken Reports: We visited Pacheco State Park right off hwy 152 outside of Gilroy CA this afternoon, 4/17.From the parking lot there were no wildflowers visible, short of some yellow spots.

As we walked up the trail to the top of the first hill -- where most of the easy flowers are usually visible -- we came across plants with many buds and maybe one bloom.  It was as if we were just days too early.  We're going back next weekend to look. Attached are some of the single blooms we found just off trail.



 

Mar 17 2022 Ted reports: Owl’s clover, Mt Diablo State Park, March 12, 2022



Mar 9 2022 Jody reports:The Sierra Nevada foothills on March 2nd.

 


Mar 9 2022 Howard reports: Briones Regional Park -  Buttercups. Thousands in the black oak grove, a steep climb up from Bear Creek staging area but within sight of it to the north.


Briones Regional Park, Bear Creek staging area, east up Old Briones Road. All south faces have significant poppies.



Feb 28 2022 David reports: Wildflowers, NorCal, East of Napa Valley 2/25/22


Feb 25 2022 Derek reports: I took the attached photos of poppies on Monday 2/21 on Del Peurto Canyon Rd, west of Patterson, about 19 miles from the intersection with I-5

There were other splashes of poppies and a few other flowers along the route. I wouldn't suggest making a special trip, but if you are traveling between I-5 and the Bay Area, have some extra time, and don't mind narrow, rough roads, it could be worth a detour.


Jan 1 2022 DUSA reports: Happy New Year. The outlook for the wildflower season looks good at this point.

 

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