Ok, I might have missed the peak of the bloom by a week or two. We spent the first weekend of April in Anza Borrego, a state park in eastern San Diego County. It’s hard to time these things just so. No matter! The desert was at it’s most beautiful and colorful this spring.
The perfect timing for desert wildflower blooms is hard to pin down. The seeds of some plants can remain dormant for years and then when the just right amount of rain happens (after six years of drought in California, for example), at just the right time, with just the right amount of sunny and warm days after (but not too hot too early!), some of these dormant seeds that have been patiently waiting spring into germination and the normally sandy, rocky and dun colored desert landscape erupts into color. Other long-lived plants, like Prickly Pear Cactus and Ocotillo, also take advantage of the additional moisture and push out their own blooms to rival the annual wildflowers. Pollinators like insects, birds and bats feast on nectar and help to pave the way for a new generation of seeds which may have to wait for our next perfectly wet winter… Will it be next year? We’ll have to wait and see.
What happened to the original Super Bloom post (2016, Death Valley edition)? I realized I never posted the photos! Now that’s done and you can find the link here.