Spring Has Arrived In California***
A rite of Spring we have enjoyed since moving to California is the abundance of flowers. Flowers seem to grow everywhere. One of the more beautiful sights occurs in the Spring after the rainy season which is brief in San Diego. Since we must irrigate anything that grows, it is a real treat when Nature has presented the colors for us. The canyon hill across the way from our back yard is probably a mile or more in distance. It does not photograph well from our back yard but if you click on the top photo to enlarge you can see the color. I can see three large patches of the orange color of California Poppies growing wild.
Our local TV news caster reported that the hills along Lake Hodges were a mass of color. The area was congested with residents driving to view the beautiful wild purple flowers and our state flower, the California Poppy blanketing the hillsides. I have poppies which grow in our back yard and have photographed them for you. This is a protected plant. It is illegal to dig up the plant or pick the blossoms in the wild. They bloom briefly so one must optimize the short duration of color. It is spectacular.
Happy Leap Year Day!