General Flower Update March 3, 2017 by Betsy Knaak – Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association Executive Director
With over 7 inches of rain this season, the Borrego Desert is verdant green with flowers in stages of both bud and early bloom. We are on the “uphill side” of the peak bloom and experiencing more open flowers with each passing sunny day. We note a few locations where open flowers can be seen, especially for those willing to wander among the mix of buds and blooms. A top location is anywhere within a two-mile stretch of the Coyote Canyon Jeep Road, north of the north end of DiGiorgio Road with abundant Peirson’s Primoses and others, including a few remarkable Desert Lilies.
Another worth a look is the Henderson Canyon Road with patches of pink Sand Verbena, Dune Evening Primroses with their wide white petals, yellow Desert Sunflowers beginning to bloom, and a few Desert Lilies. Around Borrego Springs, roadsides are lined with yellow Desert Dandelions and other wildflowers. These flowers are best seen in the morning, as some blossoms close in the afternoon.
For the full bloom, we are looking at mid-March, but will be watching each week. Flower location maps are now available at our ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center at 652 Palm Canyon Drive.
Tickets for our popular annual Borrego Desert Garden Tour on March 18 are now on sale. We have seven private desert gardens on the tour, along with several of the homes open to viewing. Tickets are available at the ABDNHA Nature Center and online at www.abdnha.org/gardentour Early bird pricing is still in effect. While at the ABDNHA Nature Center, be sure to visit our Borrego Botanical Garden, where blue-purple Desert Canterbury Bells and two species of pink and coral Penstemon are in full bloom this week. Check out BorregoInSpringtime of Facebook – it’s our online photo festival of Smartphone photography. We hope you’ll post your photos! The weather is still cool for hiking, and the blue skies and mountain views round out a day in the beautiful Borrego desert.