California’s Spring Super Bloom

posted by Sharon April 13, 2019 24 Comments
California Super Bloom San Diego

The super bloom in California this year comes on the heels of a rainy winter. Flowers blanket hills, canyons, deserts, and parks. The super bloom 2019 is the most widespread in at least a decade, and crowds are flocking to see the beauty. I decided to check out Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego, which is just about a mile from my house. Here, nearly 6000 acres surrounding the San Diego River bed offer a nature preserve in the city. While I do enjoy all the gardens in my neighborhood, there is something super-amazing about wildflowers. They spring up without cultivation and make our world a more lovely place. Here’s what I found at Mission Trails.

The California poppy is a major part of the super bloom. Aren’t these cheerful flowers?

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Here’s one of the mountains in the park, South Fortuna. Yellow hillsides are rare in San Diego. So we locals just love to drink in a sight like this.California Super Bloom San Diego

The terrain in Mission Trails is desert and rock. Some clumps of sunflowers spring right out of the rocky banks.

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I love the contrast of the rocks with the fragile flowers. California Super Bloom San Diego

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I’m not great with names of flowers, so I went in the visitor’s center. The friendly volunteer chatted about what’s in bloom now and what’s still to come. And he provided me with a brochure so I can look up different kinds of plants. Mission Trails May 015Mission Trails May 043

One of my favorites has the funny name of Monkey Flower. California Super Bloom San Diego

These petite flowers are Blue-Eyed Grass. And the white ones are Morning Glories. California Super Bloom San DiegoCalifornia Super Bloom San Diego

I still don’t know the name of this one, but I love it! I’m partial to purple.California Super Bloom San Diego

The yucca are in full bloom. I’m always reminded of the underlying desert when I see these. They are also called Our Lord’s Candle. California Super Bloom San DiegoCalifornia Super Bloom San Diego

This rosy yucca rising against the gnarly tree trunk caught my eye.California Super Bloom San Diego

Clumps of Black Mustard bloom everywhere. These are officially a “weed,” but I think they do their part to brighten a landscape.California Super Bloom San Diego

California Super Bloom San DiegoThe river is quite full (this is wide for the San Diego River, believe me!). This is the central part of Mission Trails, where the Kumeyaay Indians lived. You can still see grinding holes in these rocks.California Super Bloom San Diego

I do love hiking around in Mission Trails any time of year. This is the first I’ve seen super bloom here, though, and I could hardly keep my eyes off the hills.California Super Bloom San DiegoCalifornia Super Bloom San Diego

The California Sunflower has a black center; the San Diego Sunflower has a yellow center. I thought they were daisies. I learned a lot in one morning.California Super Bloom San DiegoCalifornia Super Bloom San Diego

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How about you? Is anything fun blooming in your world?California Super Bloom San Diego

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24 Comments

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Sandra April 13, 2019 at 7:21 pm

The most beautiful post ever! All the flowers, names or not, are just beautiful.

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin April 14, 2019 at 1:51 am

That is just breathtaking!!!

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William Kendall April 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

What a beautiful place!

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Junieper2 April 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm

someone mentioned superbloom to me, and had no idea what it was – thank you for enlightening me LIved in Southern Cal for30plus years, but never heard of it! beautiful and gorgeous – the yucca flower and monkey flower are gorgeous! many thanks for sharing with All Seasons!

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myfarrahdise April 15, 2019 at 1:17 am

I didn’t know that California is fabulous on spring season, I wish I can get to visit my friends there. I love flowers too, hopefully I can schedule my visit during this season.

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Carol April 15, 2019 at 6:04 am

Gorgeous! I’ve never made it to California this time of year. I’ve really missed a great show.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup April 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/04/beautiful-springtime.html

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Cristina - Memories of the Pacific April 15, 2019 at 10:52 am

These are beautiful photos, Sharon! I’d have loved to see the Super Bloom with my own eyes.

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Eileen Wise April 15, 2019 at 10:53 am

Hello, love all the blooms. what a beautiful sight to see. My favorite are the poppies. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

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Fun60 April 15, 2019 at 12:25 pm

That’s a sight worth seeing.

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mick April 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Amazing wildflowers – thanks for sharing the photos.

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Fiona Hugosson-Miller April 15, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Wow! Gorgeous shots!

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Photo Cache April 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

How lovely these spring wildflowers.

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Mandy April 17, 2019 at 9:37 am

I made a point of visiting California last April to see some of the flower fields. It was so beautiful. I would love to see the super bloom you featured in this post, but I think you’d have to get the timing just right. Those are some beautiful images of flowers!

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Kelly Anne Rothaermel April 18, 2019 at 7:20 am

So gorgeous! I would love to see this some time. Have a great weekend.

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Donna Janke April 18, 2019 at 8:25 am

I would so love to see the California superbloom. It looks gorgeous.

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betty - NZ April 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Wow! That’s some fabulous color! Your California poppies grow everywhere here in New Zealand, I think they like it here 🙂

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My Corner of the World April 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

I’m so glad you joined me at My Corner of the World this week!

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Lady Fi April 19, 2019 at 8:57 pm

Wow! What gorgeous scenes!

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Sandra Nachlinger April 20, 2019 at 6:42 am

I’ve been hearing about California’s “super bloom” and I’m delighted to see photos of it. Thank you for taking me on a walk through the flowers.
I’m new to Our World Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to participating often in the future.
Today’s blog post features a hike in the “Issaquah Alps,” Washington State, USA.

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Rhonda Albom April 20, 2019 at 6:27 pm

I loved seeing California poppies when I lived there. I don’t recall ever seeing ones with a red blush like you show in your second photo. It is amazing how the desert like environments really spring into action when they get some water.

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Jill April 22, 2019 at 5:01 am

Your photos are fantastic! And isn’t the Superbloom just fantastic, also? I was able to visit the Flower Fields in Carlsbad for my first time this year and wow, I really enjoyed it. Would love to see a Superbloom sometime, too

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Anna April 23, 2019 at 3:40 am

Wow! So many gorgeous blooms – the contrast of the rocks with the fragile flowers is indeed something! Love your photos! I´m not sure I´ve seen yucca bloom here in Spain! #FeetDoTravel

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Katherine April 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

So gorgeous! I was out at Pinnacles National Park last weekend enjoying the wild flowers. And there weren’t as many as you’ve got here, but they were so beautiful. I really love your photos… I wasn’t quite as skilled capturing the ones I saw.

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