Wild in Arizona just posted their first wildflower report of 2013. It includes early observations and predictions:
Wildflower up date the season started good with some rain in Nov.-Dec. then we had a dry spell with a sudden freeze and now above adverage rains. The Deserts are showing large areas of green ground cover mostly grasses but there are sprouts of Lupin on the south slopes of the Superstitions and as long as it keeps raining we should see some wildflowers in the next 2-3 weeks. Farmers Almanac is showing rain every other week for Feb.-March. My prediction for this year is a OK Annuals bloom – GOOD Perennial bloom (brittle bush looking good for late March-April) and GREAT Cactus bloom. I have a good amount of Poppy and Scorpionweed sprouts in my unwatered garden. the photo of the first poppy is from my watered garden. Will be in Southern Arizona the first of March and will update at that time.
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