Joshua Tree's Late Desert Bloom

By: John Buffini 

The extent and timing of the wildflower blooms in Joshua Tree vary from one year to the next. Fall and winter precipitation and spring temperatures are key environmental factors affecting the spring blooming period. Normally, desert annuals germinate between September and December. Many need a good soaking rain to get started. In addition to rains at the right time, plants also require temperatures to warm a bit before flower stalks will grow. Green-leaf rosettes may cover the ground in January, but flower stalks wait until temperatures rise. This year however, the bloom is late to the high-desert. The blooms are only now beginning to emerge in late April which means we will be blooming into June! You can witness the spectacular bloom right now in Joshua Tree by booking with Folly now.  

 

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

Rainer Maria Rilke

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