Will we have another epic Super Bloom for 2020?
Well, most of the experts are predicting doom and gloom, it looks like the Super Bloom probably won’t happen. We’ve had a lackluster winter rain season that has left much of California dry. Normally rainy winters yield super blooms throughout the state of California from the Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County and down to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park east of San Diego. I visited the super bloom in the spring of 2019 at Lake Elsinore in Southern California and at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Let me tell you it was one of the most amazing displays of flowers I have ever seen! I’ve spent 15 years in the prairies in Arkansas and thought that was a great flower display but it was nothing like what I saw at Lake Elsinore.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
It was amazing to see so many people hiking and walking around to see the display of flowers. The super bloom was so popular the city officials had to shut off access to the hillsides covered in orange due to the crowds overwhelming the town and roads. Everyone you can imagine was there; women in high heels, sandals, tennis shoes, even men in suits were hiking. Anybody and everybody came to view it.
There hasn’t been much rain since Christmas so I can see why the outlook is not good. It also has been a very cold winter and this will suppress the growth of everything. It’s okay for it to be somewhat cold in the spring because this can help stimulate the poppy flowers. Right now the experts are predicting the best locations will likely be in the high desert, higher elevations of Anza Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree National Park, where rare snowfall in December has helped keep the ground moist.
Another place you could check out this spring would be Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve may also receive some flowers. The experts are predicting a moderate bloom in the area. They’ve already seen some patches with lots of poppy sprouts, buds are beginning to form and the first couple of flowers have been spotted.
The Antelope Valley California poppy reserve area has received more than 5 inches of snow so far this season. The reserve is also hoping for some cold weather which is vital to cracking open poppy seeds and stimulating growth. So hopefully soon they will receive more rain to keep the poppies growing and we may see another super bloom in that area.
So keep an eye out in the news, check online and come back to my website. If there is a new update I’ll be sure to keep everybody informed on another super bloom.
Michael Vance Pemberton