Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2015

Ennis, Texas Wildflowers 4/17/15

Texas Wildflower Haven reports on the Ennis area on 4/17/15

Overall from what I saw today (4/17/2015) the Ennis area is below average. I made a very quick drive through and covered most of the main areas, but did not travel all routes. I would contact the folks at the Ennis Visitor Bluebonnet Trails for a more complete update.

These are the areas I covered:

FM-1182 and 1181:  A few fields lightly dusted with bluebonnets.  One or two large stretches at times.

FM-85: Same as above, but with one moderately covered bluebonnet field

Mach RD field: lightly covered with blooms at best.

Field across from Mach RD field: some nice large areas.

FM-660: Large paintbrush field – dramatic enough to cause a near accident with cars stopping suddenly in the actual roadway. NO Wildflower is worth an accident!

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2015

South Texas Wildflower Report 4/17/15

Gary Regner Photography has a South Texas Wildflower update for April 17, 2015

Although bluebonnets are largely gone, there are plenty of other wildflowers now in bloom. The second half of spring usually brings a wide variety of colors to the landscape and this year is no disappointment. I viewed dozens of species in bloom, several of which I’m still trying to identify. I wasn’t able to get many pictures on Friday due to heavy thunderstorms along my route. I was actually forced to pull over three times the rain was so heavy. The roadsides were either flooded or had deep mud, so I couldn’t stop for fear of getting stuck. This is also the heart of the Eagle Ford oil boom. Oil industry traffic is very heavy, mainly large, impatient speeding trucks, so extreme caution is warranted in this area. Roads are also in poor condition from overuse, so they are rough and riddled with potholes.

> TX 46 between New Braunfels and Seguin – Mostly farmland, but also several large, heavily covered fields of evening primrose. Rating: 3-4

> Alt 90 between Seguin and Belmont – Lots of different wildflowers in bloom, mainly roadsides, but also some fields with moderate coverage: paintbrush, Engelmann daisies, prickly poppies, bull nettle, bluebonnets and herbertia. Rating: 2-4

> IH 37 between Corpus Christi and Three Rivers – Tons of wildflowers mostly along the highway: Engelmann daisies, Texas thistle, firewheels, winecups, paintbrush, beebalm, prickly pear cacti, coreopsis, greenthread, fleabane, flax, prickly poppies, sunflowers, skeleton weed, verbena and clasping-leaf coneflowers. Rating: 3-4

> TX 72 between Three Rivers and Tilden – tons of Texas thistle and sunflowers, many large heavily covered fields. Rating: 3-5

> TX 97 between TX 72 and FM 1582 – This area is heavily covered with Texas thistle and gumweed. In areas coverage extends as far as you can see. Rating: 4-5

> FM 1582 between TX 72 and TX 85 – Acres and acres are carpeted with dyssodia, gumweed and small white flowers (possibly fleabane or lazy daisies), also abundant Texas thistle and Engelmann daisies. Rating: 3-5

> FM 1582 between TX 85 and Pearsall – Acres and acres are carpeted with wildflowers including: gumweed, dyssodia, fleabane, firewheels, Texas thistle, winecups and many more. Unfortunately there is no paved shoulder and the sides of the road are deep mud right now, so there is no place to pull over. Rating: 4-5

> IH 35 between Pearsall and Devine, and Devine area – Many wildflowers in bloom along the road and fields including: Engelmann daisies, firewheels, Texas thistle, basketflower, greenthread, pincushion daisies, fleabane, lazy daisies, sunflowers, prickly poppies, phlox and beebalm. Paintbrush and bluebonnets are hanging on in some areas, but well past peak. Rating: 3-5


see photo links and older reports at  Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Sightings Report : Texas Wildflower Hot Spots and Pictures by Gary Regner Photography.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2015

Southern California Wildflower Report 4/17/15

Theodore Payne Wildflower Hotline has a new report for April 17 that includes

  • Angeles National Forest
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Placerita Canyon Nature Center
  • Puma Reserve
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
  • Environmental Nature Center
  • Elizabeth Learning Center

See full report with photos at:

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2015

250 Point Reyes Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

250 Native Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area at Point Reyes National Seashore

Despite High Mortality, Park Service Considering Plan to Remove or
Fence Free-roaming Elk at Behest of Ranchers

POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.

The news comes as the Park Service considers a ranch management plan to either remove or fence in some of the free-roaming elk herds, while extending park cattle grazing leases for up to 20 years.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 18, 2015

Yellowstone Dam Threatens “Dinosaur” Fish

Press Release Defenders of Wildlife

Feds Proceed with Dam Construction on Yellowstone River, Putting Last Wild Population of Ancient “Dinosaur” Fish at Risk

GLENDIVE, Mont. — The Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced they will build a concrete dam across the lower Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. The dam will cause irreparable harm to the nation’s largest wild population of endangered pallid sturgeon, an ancient fish species with ancestors dating back to the time of dinosaurs, living in the upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers as well as several other fish species using the lower Yellowstone.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Pt. Reyes Wildflower Report 4/13/15

Daniel sent this report on Kehoe Beach, Abbott’s Lagoon and Chimney Rock at Pt. Reyes from a trip he did on 4/13/15.

I went hiking on three different trails at Point Reyes National Seashores. I started out going to Kehoe Beach and here is where I saw the highest concentration of flowers together. Granted many of the flowers were yellow mustard and small white & pink flowers. However, there were small patches with a high concentration of California poppies together on the hillside near the beach. For a short hike and to see a lot of flowers, the path to Kehoe Beach is the place I would recommend.
I next hiked to Abbott’s Lagoon. The first half of the hike is though a grassland area with spots of California poppies all along the trail. However, the vegetation is this area is at least one third dried out. When you get to the Lagoon area there are more variety of wildflowers with spots of Douglas Iris, yellow bush lupines, and even goldfields on the hills. I saw one good size patch of yellow flowers (California buttercups) but other then that the flowers were not as concentrated together as compared to Keyhole Beach. As for wildlife, I saw some song sparrows and quail roaming around the grassland area.
The last stop of the day was hiking the trail to Chimney Rock. There are a lot of Douglas Iris flowers as reported but they seemed to be spread out over a large area on the trails and the fields along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. There are many spots with several flowers close together but no large concentrated patches for those looking for a flower field wow factor location. The Chimney Rock trail did seem to have the most variety of different types of wildflowers such as blue eyed grass, paintbrush, different types of lupines, morning glory, ect. There are also two good locations to view the elephant seals on the beaches.
On a side note, last Friday, April 10th I went abalone diving and camping at Ocean Cove near Jenner, CA. When taking the cliff-side trail from the Ocean Cove campground to Stillwater Cove, I was nicely surprised to see many wildflowers along the trail. One can imagine that there are many similar small hidden wildflower spots all along the Northern California coastline.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Ebbets and Sonora Pass Opened Today

Caltrans Winter Driving Tips Mountain Pass Closures  report Ebbets Pass and Sonora Pass opened today. Tioga Pass  and Lassen Loop remain closed.

Lake Sabrina to Aspendell in the Eastern Sierra opened on April 15.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Bull Point Pt., Pt. Reyes Flowers, Birds and Photos 4/16/15

Updated with many spelling corrections on the plant list

Yesterday we went on a Marin CNPS walk at Bull Point, Point Reyes National Seashore led by Doreen Smith. The weather was sunny, temperature 65 F and breezy. In true botanizing style we covered about one and half miles cross-country in about two and quarter hours.The habitat was mainly grasslands with some marshy areas. It is also an area where cows graze and they were present today.

The focus of trip was seeing plants including a number of rare ones. Not much bird activity. Many plants found and identified due to knowledge of leader. Not any significant wildflower displays; trip was truly for the plant lover. I didn’t take time to really do serious photography but here are some quick photos from the day.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers 4/16/15

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers have a detailed plant, bird and other animal list for Upper Columbia Hills State Park and Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve. – Remember to display your Washington Discover Pass to avoid the $99 fine!. See report at: Columbia Hills

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Joshua Tree Wildflowers 4/17/15

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

Death Valley National Park Wildflowers 4/17/15

Death Valley National Park Wildflower update for 4/17/15

Yes, there are still flowers! The high country is where to go for flowers this week, but you’ve got to hand it to the Gravel Ghost. It’s a tough little flower, still hanging in there in the mid to lower elevations, triple digit temperatures, windstorms, and all! The wind continues to take a toll on the blooms.

Dante’s View Road is past its peak, but still has an abundance of beautiful blooms. This is the best road if you don’t have a high clearance vehicle.

Titus Canyon is my pick of the week again this week, just amazing. Emigrant Canyon Road is looking pretty nice. The paintbrush look especially pretty on this road. There are some flowers at Daylight Pass, especially on the east side, and Townes Pass. As usual, if you get out and hike around a little you’ll see a lot more. The Joshua Trees are about done in Lee Flat. North Pass in Saline Valley does not have a whole lot of wildflowers, but you can find the unusual and beautiful Rose Mallow blooming as you travel down the pass into Saline Valley. South Pass has abundant Cliffrose, Indigo Bush, Paintbrush and Lupine. The Racetrack Road has a wonderful cactus bloom going on. If you’re planning on bagging a peak in the Panamints, nothing is really going on much on the mountain trails yet, but there’s a patch of lupine shortly before the Charcoal Kilns and flowers coming up in Mahogany Flat and Thorndyke now. Happy flower hunting!


Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 17, 2015

California Tunnel Project Abandons Wildlife Protections

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity

California’s Controversial Twin Tunnels Water-export Plan
Abandons Fish Protection, Public Participation

Brown Administration Kills Provisions to Help Delta’s Endangered Salmon, Smelt

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s $25 billion twin tunnels project to divert water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta to Southern California and industrial agribusinesses no longer includes provisions to protect habitat for endangered salmon and smelt and more than 50 other imperiled species, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News. According to the article, the Brown administration has now removed the habitat conservation component from the project, which is now focused solely on tunnel building.

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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Marin County Wildflowers: Lucas Valley 4/16/15

DesertUSA reports

On a hike at the Open Space Preserve at Lucas Valley Road (Marin County), there was a profusion of wildflowers. I know profusion is overused but there were vast fields of blooms a short walk from the road. Here’s my day list: false lupine, tidy tips, butter and eggs, buttercup, columbine, goldfields, Douglas iris, lomatium, chick lupine, bicolor lupine, silver bush lupine, woodland madia, purple sanicle, checkerbloom, cream cups, woodland star, yarrow, narrow-leaf mule’s ear, blue-eyed grass, white form of blue-eyed grass, owl’s clover, blue dicks, naked buckwheat, Ithuriel’s spear, seep monkeyflower, hedge nettle, blue flax, lianthus, California phacelia, fiddleneck, Coast larkspur and popcorn flower.

see photos at Desert Wildflower reports for Northern California by DesertUSA.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Henry Coe Wildflower Report 4/16/15

Henry Coe State Park has a new wildflower bloom update for 4/16/15 at the Pine Ridge Association website. To see what is in bloom including photos of flowers in bloom go to: Henry W. Coe – Wildflower Guide.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Tejon Ranch Cancels Wildflower Tours

Tejon Ranch reports: 

          Continued dry weather and high temperatures have contributed to an extremely short wildflower season. We are sorry to report that the Conservancy will be CANCELLING ALL OF OUR REMAINING WILDFLOWER VIEWING STATIONS FOR 2015. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but nature has spoken this year. We hope to share a long wildflower season with you in 2016!

           Although we will not be hosting our wildflower stations, the Conservancy still has several opportunities to visit Tejon Ranch. To view our remaining hikes, classes, and Stewardship Saturday schedule, please check out our calendar at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Texas Hill Country Wildflower 4 /11/15

Texas Wildflower Haven reports

On my last trip to areas (4/11/2015) in the Hill Country the roadside blooms right along the edges of the roads were beyond peak and showing some seedpods.  They were not all with seedpods, but the seedpods were easy to spot. Blooms in fields still looked good and it appeared that some fields had actually filled in more than my previous visit on 4/7/2015.. Some of the field areas closer to the road actually appeared to have new buds. I also saw evidence of other wildflowers getting ready to bloom for the next half of April into May. I did see a few roadsides with greenthread. Right now I still think the sweet spot is still mainly Llano County. However, based on a few other reports there might be some new bluebonnet blooms even in parts of Mason County.  Certainly the reports of prairie paintbrush give me hope that we might see some more variety this season.

See photo at  Hill Country Update – Texas – WildflowerHaven Community.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Camassia Natural Area, Oregon Wildflowers 4/15/15

Oregon Wildflowers has the following update for Camassia Natural Area

This is a GREAT time to visit Camassia! The namesake flower (Camassia quamash) has opened over the past week and is ubiquitous. Also covering the meadows are Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta) and Large-flowered Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora). Western Saxifrage (Saxifraga occidentalis) is coming along nicely, and there is plenty of Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis var. occidentalis).

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2015

Lyrid Meteor Shower April 16 to 25, Peak April 22to 23

EarthSky reports

The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. The peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – will fall on the morning of April 22 or 23, with the nod going to the later date. The greatest number of meteors should fall during the few hours before dawn on either date. In 2015, a waxing crescent moon will set in the evening on the days around the Lyrids’ peak, leaving a dark for watching meteors.

Read more Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2015

Plumas County Wildflower Update 4/14/15

The Plumas County Bloom Blog reports

We started hiking from the Southpark Trailhead for the first time, and found a few surprises. There was very little underbrush among the widely spaced young pines and firs, but we were started to see a bright red glow some 50 feet off the trail.

Turned out to be a couple of patches of Snow Plant. At 3,500′, that’s the lowest elevation that I’ve ever encountered them.

I don’t know how I spotted the little white flowers, all of 1/4″ in diameter on stems only 4 or 5″ tall. I think it’s either popcorn Flower or White Stickseed. Definitely something in the borage family, the family that includes Forget-me-nots.

The first butterfly activity in my yard this season was several Painted Ladies that discovered my best-in-the-neighborhood crop of Dandelions. We only hiked as far as the Monument Peak traihead, but saw lots of Henderson’s Shooting Star, Death Camas, and Dusky Horkelia, all of which have been pictured here earlier.

See photos and older reports at Bloom Blog Wildflowers in Plumas County Northern California.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2015

U.S. National Park Week April 18 to 25, 2015

April 18 and 19: On opening weekend of National Park Week every national park will give you free admission!

Many parks are also having special events in honor of National Park Week.

For more information go to:  U.S. National Park Service National Park Week.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2015

Oregon Wildflowers 4/12/15

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers has a detailed plant and animal list for Sevenmile  Hillfrom Sevenmile Road (USFS Right of Way) in the Columbia River Gorge at April 12, 2015: Sevenmile Hill (USFS) from Sevenmile Hill Road

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2015

Owens Lake Spring Big Day 4/22/15 & Festival 4/25/15

Owens Lake Spring Big Day – Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The 2015 Owens Lake Spring Big Day will be Wednesday, April 22, just before the first annual Owens Lake Birding Festival. We are looking for birders with at least some experience to help out in this intense bird census of Owens Lake. Contact Mike Prather to sign up. Small groups of citizen scientists will join with LADWP staff to spread across the lake and count EVERY BIRD WE FIND. Last April we had 115,000 birds! Owens Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) with tremendous importance. It hosts tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl and is the largest nesting location for Snowy Plovers in California. Our data collected on Big Days is used by LADWP, State Lands, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, and Audubon in the management and planning at Owens Lake.

To join in, or for more information, please contact Mike Prather at 760-876-5807 or We will meet at 7AM at the Diaz Lake parking lot three miles south of Lone Pine on Highway 395. Come prepared – food, water, sunscreen, hat.

Owens Lake Bird Festival – Save the Date! April 25, 2015

Friends of the Inyo is planning the 1st annual Owens Lake Bird Festival for April 25, 2015. Audubon will be involved in helping with this event at the lake, which is an Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA). If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact event coordinator Ursula Esser at Friends of the Inyo (see contact information below), or for volunteering to lead a field trip, contact Michael Prather (760-876-5807), and/or Barbara Kelley who will also be coordinating with Friends of the Inyo on the event. Or email all three to help with coordination of volunteers. Below is the information from Friends of the Inyo (from their website) on this exciting event:

Please join us for our 1st Annual Owens Lake Bird Festival on April 25th, 2015, and an Opening Reception on Friday, April 24th at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

The Festival promises to offer a variety of field trips and showcase the unique habitat and significance of Owens Lake at the height of spring migration.

Designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the National Audubon Society, Owens Lake offers world-class wildlife viewing in the southern Owens Valley.

Concomitant with Festival, we are sponsoring a photography exhibit by Robin Black at the Interagency Visitor Center. The exhibit entitled “Second Chance: The Owens Lake Project” will run from March 1- April 30, 2015, with an exhibit reception and closing event for our Festival day on Saturday, April 25th.

Our Festival partners include Eastern Sierra Audubon, California Audubon, Eastern California Museum, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, Interagency Visitor Center, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce.

Save the Date and reserve your Lone Pine Motel room now for the weekend of April 24-26th, 2015!

For more information, please email Ursula ( or call 760-873-6500.

Registration: Online registration and field trip sign-ups is available now on the event webpage.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 14, 2015

Texas Wildflower Report: Lake Travis 4/13/45

Gary Regner Photography  has a Lake Travis update for 4/13/15

I visited Muleshoe Bend this evening and am happy to report bluebonnets are at peak and are nearly as good as last year. I was, however, surprised by the number of individuals in the park on a weeknight, the park is usually deserted during the week. A popular website/Facebook page (not mine!) has been aggressively promoting this location and it shows. I would estimate 20-30% of the bluebonnets have been trampled to death already. Please, use existing paths and flattened areas for your pictures. Once the bluebonnet plants are flattened, they die and do not reseed. Without reseeding they will not return in the future. Also, despite what you may have read on other Facebook pages, the park has a day use fee (on the honor system) that is required even if you are just going for a short time to take some pictures and view the bluebonnets. I did not spot any snakes this evening, but you should always be on the lookout. There are chiggers this year, so jeans are recommended.

see older reports and photos at Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Sightings Report : Texas Wildflower Hot Spots and Pictures by Gary Regner Photography.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2015

Samuel Taylor Wildflowers (Marin County) 4/6/15

The Marin County CNPS has a posted  report for a visit to Samuel P. Taylor Park pm April 6, 2015

We visited Samuel P. Taylor State Park and adjacent areas and saw a selection of the plants of the Redwood Forest, including Anemone grayi (Gray’s anemone), Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum (white trillium), Oxalis oregana (redwood sorrel), Viola glabella (streamside violet), Prosartes smithii (Smith’s fairy-bells), Prosartes hookeri (Hooker’s fairy-bells), Pectiantia ovalis (Bishop’s cap), Tellima grandiflora (fringe-cups), and Maianthemum stellatum (false Solomon’s seal).

See photos and older reports at  Recent Wildflower Reports – CNPS Marin.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2015

Catherine Creek, Oregon Wildflowers 4/13/15

Oregon Wildflowers has a new report for Catherine Creek for April 13,2015

For those of you who like Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) as much as I do, it has just started blooming at this location! This is at least two weeks ahead of schedule.

See more reports at Oregon Wildflowers

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2015

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 4/12/15 reported on April 12 Grapevine are is close tend of bloom. See photos and older posts at

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2015

East of Austin Texas Wildflowers 4/12/15

Gary Regner Photography  reports on April 12, 2015 – East of Austin Update

Hadn’t heard much about the area east of Austin so took the opportunity to explore this afternoon. Explored the area east of Austin including Elgin, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange and Fayetteville. Indian paintbrush rule this year in those areas, far outnumbering other wildflowers including bluebonnets. Like the Hill County, most wildflowers are along the roads, however, I did find several areas that had large fields densely covered with bluebonnets. Routes I traveled:

> Hwy 290 between Manor and Elgin – bluebonnets, paintbrush and evening primrose mainly along the road, but there are several large fields of bluebonnets as well. Rating: 2-3

> TX 90 between Elgin and Bastrop – paintbrush and evening primrose in scattered patches along the road. Rating: 0-1

> TX 71 between Bastrop and Smithville – tons of paintbrush and lesser numbers of evening primrose mainly along the road, but there was also one large field of paintbrush just west of Smithville. More paintbrush than I’ve ever seen along this route. Rating: 2-4

> TX 90 between Smithville and Cistern – lots of paintbrush, also evening primrose, Engelmann’s daisies and yellow thistle along the road. Rating: 2-4

> FM 2237 between Cistern and Jct FM 609 – large variety of wildflowers along the road, mainly paintbrush. Also spotted Engelmann’s daisies, evening primrose, yellow thistle, winecups, milkweed, sandwort, wild indigo and many others. Rarely spilling into fields. Rating: 3-4

> FM 609 south of La Grange – scattered roadside mixed wildflowers, but also several large, dense fields of bluebonnets and bluebonnets mixed with paintbrush. Rating: 2-4

> TX 159 north of La Grange – mainly roadside wildflowers, but also several large fields of bluebonnets just north of La Grange. Rating: 2-4

see older reports and photo links at Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Sightings Report : Texas Wildflower Hot Spots and Pictures by Gary Regner Photography.

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 13, 2015

Native Plant Sale 3/18/15

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Spring Sale of California Native Plants

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10 am–3 pm

Friends-only sale 9–10 am

Friends of Regional Parks Botanic Garden memberships
can be purchased at the door starting at 8:30 am on April 18

California shrubs, trees, perennials
Horticultural advice gladly given!

Wildcat Canyon Road
(between Anza View Road and S. Park Drive)
near the Brazilian Room in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley    510-544-3169

Please bring boxes or a small wagon to carry your purchases home

Celebrate the Regional Parks Botanic Garden’s 75th anniversary
Sale proceeds directly benefit the Garden

Whether you’re a pro or an amateur gardener, please support the
Botanic Garden on April 18th (rain or shine!)

Tips for Successful Shopping at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden’s Plant Sale
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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 12, 2015

Arroyo Seco Wildflowers 3/11/15

Calphoto Yahoo Group  has a wildflowers report for Saturday April 11, 2015 at Arroyo Seco down in Monterey County within the Santa Lucia Range.

yesterday hiked along the old closed gated dirt road up the canyon that is an excellent choice for those interested in wildflower close-ups because many species are easily captured from the road side since they are usually on inclined slopes.  Though these areas are limited for someone interested in landscapes much like other hikes in this region.  I was surprised how many more flowers had risen up in the interim.  Then someone related one of the park people said 1.5 inches of rain were in their gauge after last week’s storm!  It is looking nicely green on less exposed slopes.

The wiser strategy is to start hiking at sunrise when breezes are often absent before usual daytime breezes start later in the morning.  Note there are some mosquitoes about and quite a lot of black flies both of which are absent until later morning so dress appropriately and bring repellant.  Another reason to hike early.  There are always a lot of people hiking up the road and many by mid day have the intent of going down to the river which has a good flow and is rather cold.

The areas with densest flowers are below north facing slopes that tend to have shady coast live oak forest. Those areas also tend to have a lot of poison oak so that is another reason to just work road edges. Sunnier exposures tended to have different species and there is a long list of species out currently.  By far the most abundant species are Chinese houses with a great many just risen after the rain.  Saw 2 species of larkspur, 3 species of clarkias, and 3 species of paintbrush.  An abundance of dense blue fiesta flower in shady areas strangling PO and hummingbird sage.  Hiked all the way up to the Tassajara Creek trail wilderness boundary so about 7 miles round trip.

See more reports at Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups. (must register to use)

Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 12, 2015

Pt. Reyes Wildflower Update 4/12/15

Calphoto Yahoo Group has following report for Pt. Reyes

Sir Francis Drake Blvd from the Radio Towers to Chimney Rock is lined with wildflowers, Chimney Rock is at peak, The masses of Douglas Iris are still in bloom, add to those are California Poppies, Buttercups, Yarrow, Pea, Vetch, flax, clover, angelica, dandelion, seaside daisy, tidy tips, pussy ears, phacelia, rock cress (by boathouse), wild radish, wild mustard, catchfly (few) morning glory, several species of lupine (the large bush lupines along the road are mostly in bud), blue eyed grass, hedge nettle, miners lettuce, sour grass, delphinium, scarlet pimpernel, sea pink AKA thrift, paintbrush – bright red, orange and yellow colors, strawberries, blackberries, violets (this is probably an incomplete list) The Grey Whales are migrating northward with their calves, I saw none, but they can be seen right off the Chimney Rock Point. As can the Elephant Seals who are hauled out at every beach with sand there is.

see more reports at  Where to photograph in California – Yahoo Groups. (Must register to use)

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