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6/6/2016 5:39 PM
 

Took a trip to the Los Angeles area two weeks ago and also explored nearby beaches, including Laguna Beach, Malibu and San Diego's La Jolla Cove.  I wasn't really expecting to have a wildflower trip like my previous trips to Colorado, but was pleasantly surprised to find many late spring wildflowers, especially along the coast.  We went to Top of the World Park in the Laguna Beach area and found many desert wildflowers with outstanding views of the ocean.  The predominant wildflower was California Buckwheat, but also found blooming cactus plants.  We also enjoyed Point Dume Park in Malibu and found many varieties of wildflowers, including California Poppies.  I really didn't expect to see California Poppies since it is past poppy season.  There were a few patches of them here and there.  I also gathered that the dead flowers in one of my pictures (that includes a blooming cactus plant) are tall Coreopsis, which bloom in February and March.  Hiking on the path in Point Dume also provided outstanding views of the ocean.  We also stopped by La Jolla Cove after visiting the San Diego Zoo and found a few wildflowers, but seals were lying on the rocks and that was exciting to see.  I really would love to go back in the April timeframe to see the poppy fields.  This website provides great links to desert and California Poppy websites.  Unfortunately, the poppy season in the desert mountain areas was not a good one due to the severe drought.  I gather that Figueroa Mountain near Santa Barbara had the best poppy fields, which were mixed with Lupines.  We also hiked Fryman Canyon in Los Angeles and found a few wildflowers there, too.  It was very dry there, too.  I have included a link to some photos.

Web address: //southerncaliforniawildflowers.shutterfly.com

 
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