Although our own gardens are glorious this year, I decided we needed to see blooms in the wild and so trekked down to Hemet yesterday to view spring flowers at Diamond Valley Lake. Two hours away but, oh, so very worth the trip. There are several trails that meander along the edge of the lake. However, we hardier walkers followed the mile-long route that took us up 200 feet to a peak that overlooks the entire valley and lake. Thank goodness for zumba 2-3 times a week, because we barely broke into a sweat heading up the hill.
Some of the blooms were familiar because they appear periodically in our own yards, but it was much more thrilling to see them flourishing in their natural habitat . Besides poppies, we saw arroyo lupine, California goldfields, brittlebrush, owl's clover, caterpillar phacelia, Canterbury bells, chia, blue dicks, rancher's fiddleneck, forget-me-not, and tidy tips. Plus the views were breathtaking. Highly recommended!