2008 Wildflower Season - best locales?

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2008 Wildflower Season - best locales?

Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Jan 12 2008 8:40 am

I've noticed with our December/January precipitation that the desert floor is beginning to "green-up". Desert wildflower bloom season is typically late January to mid April, depending upon the location, species, and other factors.

I was wondering if anyone can report wildflower "hot spots" for 2008?

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Post by joebartels » Jan 12 2008 10:07 am

I'd keep a close eye on the triplogs and photosets!

http://hikearizona.com/Wildflower.php
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Post by ChefTIO » Jan 12 2008 10:59 am

I threw around a lot seeds last fall in my backyard, they all are coming up now and thick. But I can't offer much of a hike unless you want to walk in a circle 200-300 times. :)
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Post by Crzy4AZ » Jan 12 2008 4:27 pm

I don't know about 2008 but past winners in my opinion are: Organ Pipe National Monument, Picacho Peak, and Lost Dutchman area. :budrose:

The AZ State Parks website used to have a wildflower webcam. Can't find it today on a search of the site. Maybe b/c it's too early to start zooming in on poppies.

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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Jan 19 2008 1:37 pm

I was out to Lost Dutchman State Park this morning. Plenty of green with lots of young shoots growing from the desert floor, but still too early for any blooms...

Looks like this area could be a "hot spot" for wild flowers in a couple of weeks!

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Post by brewmarc » Jan 29 2008 12:20 pm

Sahuaro National Monument West, near Tucson, has always been a favorite, and is well worth the drive. You can work in a trip to the neighboring Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum while you're at it, which is a great time on it's own. I've found that late Feb to mid-March is the best time to catch the peak blooming in the area. With the recent rains, we should be in for quite a show this year!

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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 02 2008 7:51 pm

I spent the day down at Organ Pipe National Monument. Still too early for any blooms, but talking to the Park Rangers, they are expecting an "above average" year late February/early March. Plenty of green with some water running in the washes near the Ajo Range...

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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 12 2008 8:00 pm

I just got back from a conference in San Diego. Interstate 8 is now lined with orange globemallow blooms and some brittlebush yellow displays. The preserves in Ahwatukee are all green with a yellow flowering groundcover appearing on the sloped washes.

Looks like wildflower show time!

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Post by Dano » Feb 16 2008 12:39 pm

I'm excitedly anticipating a good year.

I saw several Mexican Poppies on the Vista trail in Usery Mountain Park today.

Thanks for starting this thread, I hope others can report sightings.

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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 17 2008 11:19 am

Think Al captured the first poppy of the year on 2/10...

http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=55993

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Post by Dano » Feb 17 2008 12:25 pm

I took the Warrior trail at the West end of South Mountain park area, and saw many poppies on the North and East sections of the mountain. I think I also saw a few lupine atop the ridge.

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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 18 2008 4:26 pm

Poppies have started to come out in force on South Mountain. Photo evidence from Sunday 2/17 http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=56381

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Post by joebartels » Feb 18 2008 5:12 pm

Randal Schulhauser wrote:Think Al captured the first poppy of the year on 2/10...

http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=55993
I've been snubbed by 143, but Al's a good guy so that's cool

Noticed yesterday that yellow is taking over the southern slopes from Coronado Mesa to Bronco Butte. :)
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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 18 2008 7:07 pm

joe bartels wrote:
Randal Schulhauser wrote:Think Al captured the first poppy of the year on 2/10...

http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=55993
I've been snubbed by 143, but Al's a good guy so that's cool

Noticed yesterday that yellow is taking over the southern slopes from Coronado Mesa to Bronco Butte. :)
So we have 2 photos on 2/10 taking claim for "first poppy of the year". Time stamp tie-breaker?

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Post by fricknaley » Feb 23 2008 7:04 pm

For those interested, Saguaro is starting the poppy bloom. I was at King's Canyon today and there are nice poppies all the way to Sweetwater Saddle. Lupines and the rest are just starting, but after this weekend things seem to be moving along nicely. :D
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Post by Randal_Schulhauser » Feb 25 2008 9:21 pm

Picacho Peak State Park (Hunter Trail and Sunset Vista Trail) is literally bursting into bloom. Should be a primo site for a few more weeks...

http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=4831&TNI=65

http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.ph ... 28&TNI=746

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Post by Al_HikesAZ » Feb 25 2008 10:07 pm

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Re: 2008 Wildflower Season - best locales?

Post by PrestonSands » Feb 25 2008 10:21 pm

All I can offer is where not. Southeastern AZ, the Chihuahuan Desert. We have jack squat. You Sonoran Desert folks are making me jealous! :-({|=
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Post by joebartels » Feb 25 2008 10:30 pm

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