Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California in 2005.
The last two years in the desert Southwest have been bone dry. Fortunately that all changed late last week. Areas around Palm Springs received around an inch and a half of rain – even more in many areas, more rain fell during that storm then in the past year and a half! Some of the areas around Phoenix also received 2 inches of rain.
We are planning on spending time in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park later this winter. I was having trouble finding rain totals for this remote area, so I called the visitor center and talked with a ranger named Bob. Borrego officially received .88 of an inch of rain, the whole area received a good soaking! This rain isn’t enough to assure a good wildflower bloom, Bob felt the area would need a couple more storms like it for a good year. He did say he was concerned that many of the perennials would not have made it another year without some rain, at the minimum, he felt this rain bought them another year of life. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
This photo was from 2005 during the amazing “100 year wildflower bloom”.