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Ok, here's a slice of California when it's in bloom. If you get lucky you can observe these flower shows along Hwy. 58 on a good year, or you may need 20 years to see the same show. Hunting deer is easy, hunting wildflower, butterfly or bird pictures is very difficult. We've been looking for some of them for decades.
This clump of Encelia actonii and Desert mallow were growing alongside a road near Barstow making a spot show of wildflowers. - grid24_12
Desert wildflowers south of Barstow. We grow the Desert mallow and Encelia actonii.
Field lupines and Goldfieilds are common wildflowers in the central oak woodland. These little annuals act to hold the system together until the shrubs and trees can file in. They are the first level of section. - grid24_12
Field Lupine and Goldfields are the common wildflower between the Oaks in Central oak Woodland.
These wildflowers were on our back slope, all we have done is weed control. - grid24_12
This wildflowers occur inland from the coast between Santa Margarita, Pozo and Creston.
These wildflowers were along hwy. 58 out by La Panza. - grid24_12
These wildflowers were along hwy. 58 near La Panza. 65 to 0 in less than 10 seconds.
The Carrizo Plain in spring. Fiddlelhead  is the common wildflower. - grid24_12
The Carrizo Plain, a great show, or can it can be plain, don't you know, depending on the rain.
This is really boring.
Going over the Temblors on Hwy 58 can be very showy - grid24_12
Climbing out of the Carrizo, passing through the Temblors can be quite a show. The yellow wildflowers are Cream Cups and Tidy Tips.
Cliff Buckwheat in coastal sage scrub south of Los Osos. Often you can find a trail a few miles from your home full of native plants. - grid24_12
California used to have native shrubs in flower for much of the year.
Sticky Monkey Flower in the wild mixed with Cliff buckwheat. Native plants flower all year. - grid24_12
Some of the native plants flower in spring, some summer and some even in winter to keep the wildflower that pollinates them alive.
Wildflowers in mountain scree at 7500 ft, in Mineral King - grid24_12
Native plants are wonderful.
There are still a few wildflowers left around Mojave, but most have been replaced with weedy grasses. - grid24_12
The areas around Mojave have been largely replaced by weedy grasses, but there are still some goldfields out there.
Woolly Blue Curls and Southern Monkey Flowers are both used by butterflies for nectar and larval food. These are some of the wildflowers of the chaparral. - grid24_12
Encelia farinosa acting as wildflowers just est of Barstow. This looks pretty good when you realize it only gets about 4 inches of rainfall. Native plants can be very drought tolerant. - grid24_12
The most barren rocky areas around Barstow still have wildflowers because the weeds have not made it there yet.
Looking across the desert halfway between Barstow and Baker. - grid24_12
Ok, this is the final picture, out by Amboy.

Lupines, like this Sky Lupine, Lupinus nanus, fix atmospheric nitrogen making it accessible to other plants that might latter grow in this field. Unfortunately they can also give a boost to weeds. So, catch the weeds before they develop a huge seed bank. Lupines usually alternate seasons with other wildflowers, like California Poppies, that need higher fertility.

Blue Oak - Quercus douglasii woodland with Lupines - grid24_12
California Poppies are native in most of California, Here the poppy is filling in an opening in the chaparral.                                                                                         - grid24_12

In a healthy chaparral plant community wildflowers will emerge in abundance after a fire. These wildflowers help prevent erosion and transform the stark black landscape. California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, grow lush with the higher fertility levels following a wildfire. Blue Chia Salvia columbariae, the annual sage found in the chaparral, is scattered throughout this mass of poppies. Charred branches of Chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum, are the skeletal remains of what was once dense brush. New bushy green foliage will emerge from the base of these dead sticks as these plants are crown sprouters and are quite adapted to the flammable hill sides of California.

if no weeds are present, and fire has not occurred for decades, you get this after a wildfire - grid24_12
Salvia columbariae Chia - grid24_12
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