On Friday, December 14th, Pam's Amble explored the wash leading to Truckhaven Rocks. Amblers were richly rewarded!
Right by the road we were greeted by glowing pink desert sand verbena (Abronia villosa). Then, not only were the usual suspects--lavender (Hyptis emoryi), creosote (Larrea tridentata), and burro bush (Ambrosia dumosa)--in bloom, but indigo bushes vied to paint the wash, well, more indigo, and a rush milkweed (Asclepias subulata) sported cream-colored blossoms.
On a smaller scale, we also saw blooming wishbone bushes (Mirabilis bigelovii), brown-eyed evening primroses (Chylismia claviformis), and even one each of an eye-popping yellow poppy (probably Eschscholzia californica, given the size of the unfurling bud) and more demure ground cherry (Physalis crassifolia).
Also exciting were the vast number of healthy lupine seedlings--the wash should be awash with blue-purple in the not too distant future.
Happy botanizing, Pam