Desert Canterbury Bells

March 10, 2008 @ 7:40 pm | Filed under: Nature Study, Photos

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All the San Diego papers are raving about the spectacular wildflower season we’re having. Bountiful late-winter rains following last fall’s fierce wildfires have combined to create an abundance of bloom that dazzles our eyes wherever we go. Um, as I write this it occurs to me it might be a little insensitive, given what some of you are dealing with. Can you forgive me?

I snapped this picture of ooh-pretty purple wildflowers on tall leggy stalks during our Cowles Mountain hike the other day. According to the identification guide in the local paper, they are Desert Canterbury Bells. We saw lots of other varieties but I got no pictures and don’t know their names yet. We did spot some whimsically-named “grape soda lupines” in thick clusters on the hillsides all around town, and there are orange and yellow carpets at every turn.

Also blooming, and very wild:

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  1. Those pigtails! Too adorable!

  2. Oh, that’s okay. Flower pictures cheer me up. And we did have a bit of melting yesterday.

  3. Oh, I’m forgiving you for taunting me with those lovely little flowers! We’ll have ’em in no time…it gives me hope!!

  4. I kept reading Cowles Mountain as COWLESS Mountain. Of course, if the mountain had cows, they would eat all of the beautiful flowers, so I guess cowless would be a good thing.
    Off to get my glasses prescription checked! The flowers are lovely and so is the Rilla.

  5. Yes, Cowless Mountain–isn’t that right down the road from Tearless Town?

  6. Lovely little girl!
    Grass AND flowers? It will be MONTHS before we see any flowers here. MONTHS. We’re due for another batch of snowstorms this week.

  7. Grape Soda bush smells like grape soda, but it only flowers once a year.