Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Seaside Wildflowers πŸŽ• Fort Bragg, California

When I think of the beach, I don't tend to think of wildflowers. But, between the acres of toasty-warm sand, frothy waves and talkative seagulls, you just might find some pretty little blooms, soaking up all that seaside sunshine...

Baby blue eyes ~  Early-May
Sea Fig ~  Early-June

Seaside Daisy ~  Early-June

~Ten Mile Beach, Fort Bragg, California~

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Purple Wildflowers πŸŽ• Northern California

πŸ’œ Purple is my signature color, so I'm extra excited about picking out my favorite purple wildflowers for today's post!

Imagine my delight when we saw thousands of pretty Penstemons while hiking all throughout Lassen Volcanic National Park this summer! There are dozens of different species, but I'm almost positive these are Slender Penstemons (Penstemon gracilentus).

One of my absolute favorite flowers is Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum). They have the most beautiful purple blooms along with contrasting spikes that make this one fierce flower. They grow all around the wildlife refuges here in the central valley.

I'm pretty sure this Vervain is the Brazilian variety (Verbena brasiliensis) and I saw it growing at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Why are most my favorite flowers considered invasive weeds???

And, last but not least, Downingia, the carpet of purple calico flowers that sprang up during the super-bloom at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.

What is your favorite super-bloom flower? Poppies perhaps?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mount Harkness Trail ☼ Lassen Volcanic National Park Wildflowers


Here are a few of the beautiful wildflowers we saw while hiking the Mount Harkness loop trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park...

Read all about our hike to the fire lookout on top of Mount Harkness HERE.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Yellow Wildflowers πŸŽ• Northern California

Today's post is all about my favorite yellow wildflowers!

It seems like we see more yellow wildflowers than any other color, but maybe that's because they grow in such large patches as opposed to a small blue Chicory flower here and there.

Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis) might not be the most unique yellow wildflower, but there are so many purple Milk Thistle at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge that I like seeing the burst of yellow along the auto tour route.

See what I mean about those purple Milk Thistles! These were at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area in mid-April, creeping in on a bunch of White Mustard (Sinapis alba). White Mustard can be seen growing everywhere in the central valley and is anything but white.

I couldn't do a post about yellow wildflowers without mentioning the Mule's Ears (Wyethia) of Lassen VNP. These cheery beauties cover a huge amount of the mountainside when you're driving through the park and look just as pretty from up-close.

We spotted this lovely Water Primrose (Ludwigia peploides) at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and we've also seen it at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge as well. It's considered an invasive weed, but it sure has beautiful flowers and the grebes love swimming around in it.

Which color of wildflower do you see the most often?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hat Creek Rim Overlook Wildflowers πŸŽ• Old Station, California

The Hat Creek Rim Overlook in Old Station, California is a great place to find summer wildflowers!

We saw a variety of types and colors in mid-June...

Mules Ear

Chamisso arnica?
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Wildflowers πŸŽ• Old Station, California
Yellow Salsify

Hat Creek Rim Overlook Wildflowers πŸŽ• Old Station, California
Hat Creek Rim Overlook Wildflowers πŸŽ• Old Station, California
Indian Paintbrush

White morning glory or bindweed?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Red Wildlfowers πŸŽ• Lassen Volcanic National Park

Today I though I'd showcase a few of my favorite red wildflowers found in Lassen Volcanic National Park!

Snow Plant (Sarcodes) was one of the easiest flowers for me to identify. The first time I ever saw this unique plant, I couldn't believe it had no leaves! How strange to see a flower with no greenery or stems. Sometimes it even emerges when there is snow still on the ground.

We've spotted Snow Plant growing around Manzanita Lake, as well as on the trail along Manzanita Creek.

Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) is a strikingly beautiful red wildflower. These flowers prefer moist locations, and the few times we've spotted it have been near the creekbed on the Brokeoff Mountain trail and along Manzanita Creek.

california wildflowers

I think my favorite red wildflower in the park has to be the Skyrocket (Ipomopsis aggregata). What a great name for a cool-looking flower! We saw the greatest concentration of these beauties on the hiking trail along Manzanita Creek.

scarlet gilia

And finally, Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja). This flower can be found growing all over the park in many different species. There were a ton of these vibrant flowers growing on the hillside of the Brokeoff Mountain trail in mid-August.

Which color of wildflower is your favorite?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Where the wildflowers are...


Let's go wildflower chasing!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Sea Fig πŸŽ• Fort Bragg πŸŽ• Northern California Wildlflowers

We spotted these vibrant pink flowers along Ten Mile Beach in Fort Bragg, California in early June.

Carpobrotus chilensis is a species of succulent plant known by the common name sea fig. My succulents at home don't look quite this happy in the summertime because they've got to deal with the triple-digit heat of the valley. Apparently, sea fig is also edible, but you won't find me snacking on any while I'm kicked back on the beach!