Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wildflowers in California

Whichever poet wrote that "April showers bring May flowers" didn't reside in Central California. Around here, the timetable gets fast-forwarded two months. Problem is, "February showers bring March flowers" isn't nearly as poetic.

But it's true. Thanks to late winter rains, the murmur of spring (thank you, Wordsworth) brings what should be a glorious season of wildflowers. Here are some of the best places to view the color display.

Park at the Hospital Rock Picnic Area along the General's Highway, then walk 1 paved mile to the trailhead located within Buckeye Flat Campground. The surrounding hills are already covered in popcorn flower and fiddle necks, and lupine and poppies should join the show by mid-March.

"It's a lot of yellow and white out there right now, this is the best time of year to be in the foothills."

More than 50 wildflower varieties bloomed; Mid-March to April is typically the best time for wildflowers