Go Beyond Cherry Blossoms and Get Wild

October 17, 2020   8 Comments »

“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    “Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

The sound of crashing waves, the smell of the sea air, humid wind blowing as the sun goes down over the Pacific.  The only thing that makes this scene better is to have a once a year pop of color in the picture.  The Wildflowers are in bloom all over the world as we turn the corner into May.  Actually in some areas they’ve been out for a while now.  On my Jucy road trip last month I was delighted to see the beginnings of the season of California Wildflowers up north in Mendocino.

We used to have a lilac bush in the front yard of my childhood home, the delicious smell of lilacs signaled spring for me as a kid.  Shortly after the bush turned lavender, our hill in our backyard would turn purple as the wild violets would bloom, and then turn yellow with dandelions that my dad would fight the rest of the summer. Spring was always a special time of year – and it’s really special when you have the chance to do some spring traveling – whether in your backyard or a big trip!

California Wildflowers

The East Coast has cherry blossoms, but the West Coast has wildflowers.  If you are in or near California, hop in the car and drive to the colorful buds and take in the coastal scenes. The season is a bit later in Northern California, so you still have time.  Plus, there’s a lot less traffic in Northern California along Highway 1 as compared to its southern cousin around Big Sur. I suggest you head to a little known spot around Point Arena, the Stornetta Public Lands and go for a hike off the unbeaten path with Margaret – she’ll show you the flowers and explain the geology of the area.  This is a phenomenal and protected piece of coastline like you’ve never seen before. And it’s framed by the famous Point Arena Lighthouse – as well as beautiful California wildflowers.  I’ll be writing about all of these places in more detail in addition to my other stops on my Northern California road trip soon on the blog, but for now, this should give you a preview.

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Calla Lillies bloom in Mendocino

California wildflowers Mendocino

Poppies pop up on the coast near Westport

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

A cactus bud at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens

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Pops of pink grow close to the ground on the rocky coast near Fort Bragg

California Wild Flowers

Whisps of yellow complement the Pacific waves

California wildflowers mendocino

He loves me, he loves me not…petals cover the ground in Mendocino

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Stornetta Lands were just starting to pop with a little color when I was there hiking near Point Arena

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A few cherry blossoms…in the Mendocino Botanical Gardens

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Point Arena Purple

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Calla lillies grow wild in giant bunches in Mendocino.

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Take a hike among Mendocino Botantical Gardens to see a complete variety.

News flash – California isn’t he only place with beautiful spring flowers, get out wherever you are to see the buds!

My favorite places to experience spring flowers

Spring Flowers in Spain

The Flower Clock

Tiptoe Through the Tulips in the Netherlands

Brussels Flower Carpet (20th Anniversary Aug 12-15 2016)


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