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Wildflowers in the California deserts

This desert in the Southwest is experiencing a wildflower ‘superbloom’

The Anza-Borrego Desert is experiencing a superbloom of wildflowers after a wet winter. (zandtrick/Instagram)
The Anza-Borrego Desert is experiencing a superbloom of wildflowers after a wet winter. (zandtrick/Instagram)

A wildflower superbloom is underway in the desert Southwest in March after seven inches of winter rain. Anza-Borrego State Park in California hasn’t experienced a bloom so prolific since at least 1999 according to park officials.

“This is shaping up to be a great wildflower year!” the park wrote on its Facebook page late last week. “…desert lilies are spectacular, and other annuals are coming along nicely! Make plans now to visit near the middle of the month.”

The purple sand verbena is widespread in the Anzo-Borrega right now. It’s native to the Southwest and it thrives in well-drained soil. Pristine white primroses are also in bloom among yellow-flowered brittlebush. But, according to hikers’ reports, the most uncommon flower in bloom this year is the purple, notch-leaved phacelia.

It’s “a very rare event,” one hiker noted on the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association website:


Can’t wait to see our wildflowers!

Another storm — another Frontier outage

Yesterday internet and DSL were out all day and if finally came back on in the evening, only to go out again around 7:30 am this morning.   Friday night was one of the worst wind storms we’ve had in a while, so I wasn’t too surprised about the outage yesterday.   Maybe they’re still fixing stuff today.


Here’s the forecast for this week:

weather forecastWe’ll see how that turns out.   I have countless boxes full of stuff to sell at the Saturday parking lot sales at the Collectors Corner and the last two Saturdays we got rained out.


South Cove boat ramp improvements and beautiful sunset

A solid cloud cover at South Cove. They keep extending the boat ramp and it looks like they’ll soon open the 2nd new launch area. 4-wheel drive recommended! We went to the air strip and waited for the sun to set below the clouds: On the drive home we watched the sun setting:Continue Reading

Wind and flooding — THE storm of 2016?

It’s still early in the year, so I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens.  Yesterday we got a little rain (.14″), but today was really something. We got 1.83 inches of rain today according to our weather station.   The rate of rain got up to 4.25″ — meaning that’s how much rainContinue Reading

Cute husky mix puppies to good home (pics)

Here are more pics at Louis’ Craigslist ad: Our two dogs came from Louis and our puppy Riley the Menace looks a lot like the puppy above (it already found a new home, but there are still 4 puppies available). For more info please contact Louis by replying to his Craigslist ad, call himContinue Reading