Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association has two new reports
General Flower Update by ABDNHA February 26, 2017
The Borrego Desert is verdant green with leaves and buds of wildflowers needing just a few more warm, sunny days before the buds open to show their springtime colors. Today we note a few locations where individual open flowers can be seen for those willing to wonder among the blooms are open, including the north end of DiGiorgio Road with a few open Desert Lilies and a few others, and east on Henderson Canyon Road just west of PegLeg some patches of Sand Verbena and a few open Desert Lilies.
The weather is still cool for hiking, and the blue skies and mountain views round out a day in the desert.
For the full bloom, we are looking at mid-March, but will be watching each week. Flower maps are now available at our ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center at 652 Palm Canyon Drive.
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February 26, 2017 Blow Sand Canyon Loop – Hiking Details
We started our route by exiting in the Texas dip, down the San Felipe wash. On the bank flower fields of Bigelow’s monkey flower, Mimulus bigelovii bigelovii and Parish’s poppy, Eschscholzia parishii. Along the route germination was staggering, but no great display in flowers. We’ve never had such a high plant and bloom count on this hike before, germination and plants about to bloom in very high numbers. Asian mustard, Brassica tournefortii was of course present in high numbers.
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