February showers bring March flowers, too, apparently. Even though the old adage is usually referring to the months of April and May, this desert in California couldn’t seem to wait that long to burst into bloom. After above-average rainfall, the Anza-Borrego State Park’s spring flowers have started popping up, and it’s a truly beautiful sight.
According to the Washington Post, park officials say the area hasn’t seen this many blooms since 1999.
In a post on the park’s Facebook page, they encourage folks to visit near the middle of the month when the flowers will be at peak, and with so many different florals to admire, I must say, that certainly doesn’t sound like a bad idea!
Carpets of Purple verbenas, Desert dandilions, Brown-eyed primroses, Desert sunflowers, and Evening primroses coming up in Anza-Borrego! pic.twitter.com/uT6AnMiot8
— Anza-Borrego DRC (@AnzaBResearch) March 7, 2017
Travelers have begun posting photos of the blooms online, and its truly breathtaking to see dots of colors across a wide open, mostly barren landscape.
It's getting better and better each passing day! #wildflowers #Anza-Borrego #Superbloom ! #CNNiReport @AnInsidersGuide (Photos: Sicco Rood) pic.twitter.com/45CkZWeXRg
— Anza-Borrego DRC (@AnzaBResearch) March 9, 2017
The Washington Post points out that the best time to visit the park is in the morning, as the flowers will be open then and close later in the day due to the afternoon heat.
For specific information on which parts of the park different types of flowers are located, you can check out their website. You’ll find very detailed information there.
For instance, if you visit the Borrego Palm Canyon, you’ll find “plants that bloom on both the main and alternate trails. You may see lots of Phacelia, Chuparosa, Brittlebush and Desert Lavender,” according to the website. Desert Lavender? I feel more calm just thinking about it.
And this isn’t the only amazing thing to happen thanks to the record-setting amount of rainfall in this area, either.
A drone recently caught a Napa County lake spilling into its reservoir, and the sight is mesmerizing. This only proves that good things come to California when it rains. So, was stomping through puddle after puddle and driving in downpours all worth it? You betcha!