Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mexican Gold Poppy

On our Covid-19 escape to the desert last weekend we were blown away to find the Mexican gold poppies in bloom and in profusion. The weekend before we were there and the poppies were struggling to open up. The photo below was about the best we saw.
Poppies on April 11, 2020
What a difference a week makes. 
Poppies on April 18, 2020

Poppies mixed in with Bigelow's monkeflower and desert chicory.

I've seen wonderful blooms in Organ Pipe Cactus NM, but this is by far the best I've seen in the California desert. These were just south of Joshua Tree NP off the Hayfield Rd. exit. 
The best for last.

1 comment:

  1. Many people, even Californians, think of poppies as being only orange. I love these Mexican gold poppies. They seem just a little more delicate and transient than their larger, bushier cousins.