Thursday, March 19, 2009

California wildflower news

Some of the best things in California life are free, and that includes our awesome wildflowers. For the latest wildflower updates, call the Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline, active every weekend March thru May at 818/768-3533. New reports are posted every Friday.

In Southern California, they say there are still great displays in Anza Borrego Desert State Park outside San Diego and in the Living Desert Preserve in the Palm Springs area. Poppies are starting to pop in Montana de Oro State Park and in the fabulous Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve.

And for a big adventure, hop a ferry from Long Beach out to Catalina Island for the wildflower bonanza. A tour along Summit Rd. will reveal some dazzlers: Eschscholzia ramosa (Island poppy), Lupinus albifrons (silver bush lupine), and Ceanothus arboreus (felt-leaved ceanothus). Make it a daytrip or a weekend getaway. For lodging, ferry, and tour information, try the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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