by Ray Allen
Welcome to Wildflowers, 2005. Our southwestern deserts are bursting into bloom right now, and early reports predict a really spectacular desert wildflower bloom this year. The Spring Wildflower Wave always begins in the deserts, then lights up the California coast, (photo) rolls eastward into Texas for big bloom in Mar/Apr, and then on to the midwest and east coast, where it rolls from south to north, finishing in May. For the bloom right now, go to the excellent DesertUSA website, which has photos, details, and daily wildflower reports. Another great site to visit is this one, now reporting early bloom: Wildflower Watch at Anza-Borrego State Park, California.