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Poppy fans warm up for season [with photo]
Valley Press on ^ | Saturday, March 28, 2009. | RICH BREAULT

Posted on 03/28/2009 12:58:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Officials at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster are in for a respite from recent high winds, hopefully resulting in open poppies and plenty of visitors this weekend. The reserve, at 15101 Lancaster Road, about 12 miles west of the Antelope Valley Freeway, opened March 14 and is slated to remain open through May.

"Our numbers of visitors vary dramatically with the weather," said Jean Rhyne, interpretive specialist at the reserve. "When it's windy we get only a few people, but if it's beautiful weather we get crowds. And the crowds are steadily increasing."

Rhyne is hopeful that this weekend's weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s and wind only up to six miles per hour.

"We recommend that people go to our Web site (visit www.parks.ca.gov, click on 'Visit a Park' and choose 'Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve') and check our local weather," Rhyne said. "It's a long drive out here, and if the wind is really blowing, the poppies will be curled up and there won't be many poppies to see."

Rhyne said even if the poppies are curled, there are plenty of goldfields at the reserve, along with lacy phacelia and plenty of filaree, plus a few cream cups and Mojave sun cups.

"We haven't seen any owl's clover yet," Rhyne said. "The filaree is out there in great numbers. The hills were purple from the filaree before they had their yellow and orange."

There are numerous other wildflowers at the reserve, but most visitors come to see the poppies, she said.

"There are many flowers yet to bloom, so it shows good promise," Rhyne said. "But it might peak earlier this year because the season started a bit early. We'll just have to wait and see."

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"COLORFUL BLOOMS - Fields of wildflowers and California Golden Poppies are dotting the landscape on the west side of the Antelope Valley. Good weather in the forecast this weekend could mean large crowds at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve west of Lancaster. " RON SIDDLE/Valley Press
1 posted on 03/28/2009 12:58:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It should be an above average year.


2 posted on 03/28/2009 1:08:43 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: BenLurkin

3 posted on 03/28/2009 1:22:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: BenLurkin
There Is Only One Way To Warm Up Poppy Fans!

Kegs Of Beer And Torches!


4 posted on 03/28/2009 1:26:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: BenLurkin
"There are many flowers yet to bloom, so it shows good promise

Good promise, indeed.

Along the Lower Colorado River this week, I saw (blooming): desert primrose, birdcage evening primrose, Mexican gold poppy, desert chicory, Esteve's pincushion, desert marigold, globemallow, Coulter's lupine, scorpionweed (phacelia), Ajo lily, and brittlebush abloom everywhere.

Quite a scene.

Bring allergy medication.

5 posted on 03/28/2009 1:57:42 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: JoeProBono

Excellent!


6 posted on 03/28/2009 5:45:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (And oh, Hey! I've been travelin' on this road too long)
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To: BenLurkin

These are NOT true poppies. Papaver is the family of true poppies. These are Eschelotzia Californica.


7 posted on 03/28/2009 7:13:04 PM PDT by orchid (Defeat is worse than death, you have to LIVE with defeat.)
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To: orchid

I like both california poppies and the other sorts.

We try to plant red poppies every year, to remember veterans.

Ya know ...

“In Flanders field the poppies grown, among white crosses, row on row ...”


8 posted on 03/28/2009 7:31:38 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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