Updated with Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR has a new wildflower bloom status report for April 17, 2014 declaring the park at Peak Bloom Now.
It looks like the park is at peak bloom now, but it should continue to be a great bloom through the end of April. Although some poppy flowers are spent, there are many more buds still developing. The big rain we had at the end of February, doubled with a little more a month later, will keep the peak going without fading fast.
There are rivers of orange around the park, with some areas carpeted in orange.
Patches of other wildflowers such as white forget me nots, purple lupine and lacy phacelia, yellow goldfields and fiddleneck are creating a mosaic of color throughout the park. The best poppy showing is currently at the west end of the North Poppy Loop trail- remember to stay on the trail; the poppies are right next to it so there’s no difficulty in seeing them. Poppies are also abundant along our handicap-accessible trail this year.
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Latest Poppy Reserve Research Field Notes and Observations 4/17/14
There are carpets of poppies and areas of purple, which are filaree and yellow, which are fiddleneck. The poppies that germinated in the November rain are full sized plants and have buds with calyx, open flowers and seedpods. The poppies that germinated in the February rain are still in the rosette pattern but they are producing the first flower buds with the calyx.
Poppy Trail North Loop:
Poppies, filaree, fiddleneck, slender keel fruit, forget-me-nots, silver puffs, Mojave sun cups, goldfields, rattlesnake weed, and tumble mustard. There will soon be cream cups in bloom.
Poppy Trail South Loop:
Poppies, filaree, fiddleneck, slender keel fruit, silver puffs, goldfields, lupine, forget-me-not, blue Dick, rattlesnake weed, tumble mustard, locoweed, coreopsis and cheat and brome grasses. There is a wild cucumber area that is approximately 4 feet by 5 to 6 feet in diameter and has not produced flowers as yet. I observed poppies that were two toned with the yellow at the tips of the petals and orange toward the center. Also found yellow poppies.
Tehachapi Vista Point Trail:
Poppies, filaree, fiddleneck, slender keel fruit, silver puffs, goldfields, lupine, forget-me-not, wishbone plant, blue Dick, rattlesnake week, tumble and black mustard, tumbleweed, locoweed and cheat an brome grass. At the Van Every bench take a deep breath and smell the grape soda lupine. They are starting to bloom. At the Godde Hill Vista Point there are still forget-me-nots and poppies. This area has a nice view of the valley that shows areas of poppies and goldfields.
The February rains germinated cheat and red brome grasses and tumbleweeds.
Harvester ants are busy
Ravens and horned larks
White and painted lady butterflies, Hoover flies
Sphinx Moth feeding on fiddleneck
Junction of Munz Ranch Road and Elizabeth Lake Road and across from the lake.
ï¿½ Tumble mustard, filaree, Fremont pincushion, slender keel-fruit, tidy tips, comet blazing star,
silver puffs, California primrose, Mojave sun cups, goldfields, Lacy Phacelia, coreopsis, lupine
and chia. Nice view of poppies on the hillsides along with patches of coreopsis. Can
also the remnants from the Power House fire did. Lost a lot of trees around the lake.
Ft. Tejon State Historic Park off the 5 Freeway at Lebec
there are very few flowers but when you enter the park you cross over a bridge and the creek has water running when was the last time you heard that wonderful sound?
Valley Oak (some over 300 years old), pineapple weed, filaree, regular dandelions, mint, miner’s lettuce.
There is an interpretive trail around the historic grounds that is easily accessible and you can tour the military buildings.
This is a wonderful place to take a picnic meal and eat under great oak trees.
Highway 138 (Avenue D) and 110th St. West still has a is a nice showing of fields of poppies on the both sides of the road.
There are also patches of goldfields. There are poppies and goldfields now all the way to Avenue K.