I grew up in Ohio, a land of relatively modest wildflower displays. When I was younger, I made do with dandelions and the white, aptly-named queen ann’s lace. So I’m still blown away when I drive along the 5 or along the PCH and see the dazzling colors of wildflowers that pop up along the grassy banks.
Now is the time to check out some of the classic wildflower viewing areas: Anza-Borrego, Carrizo Plains, Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, Joshua Tree, Mojave National Preserve, and of course, Death Valley. If the blooms are tailing off in one area (such as Anza-Borrego or Death Valley), choose another with higher elevation. Wildflowers bloom throughout the summer in the Sierras.
The Desert Wildflower Report provides updates and pictures that will convince you to take that trip you’ve been planning. The amount of flowers and the colors are outrageous! This is Wizard of Oz territory. Don’t forget to grab your camera!