Southern California’s deserts are in a super bloom. I just came from there. Ironically, we are having just the opposite experience in Northern California. It’s been so wet and so unseasonably cold that it’s looking like we are going to have a very disappointing wildflower experience up here.
In a semi-arid environment, it’s never just about the rain. It’s about the rain coming at just the right time, with a gentle warming trend happening after the rain and before we get our scorching summers, which start just about April. So far, it’s been far colder than usual all winter long. Here it is on the cusp of April and we’ve still had winter temperatures, loads of rain and not many wildflowers so far. When usually we are are inundated with wildflowers by this time.
Sadly, our invasive plants seem to be doing better than our natives with all the rain and cold weather. I’m seeing a lot of vetch and crimson clover that we’ll have to rip out.
At least my oaks seem to be coming through.
Hopefully, we’ll see a gentle warming and an end to the rain. If the rain suddenly stops, then we get a sudden ramp up to what temps would normally be about this time of year, that’s not going to be good for our blooms.