Flowergeddon in Southern California

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Flowergeddon in Southern California

 

Seems the rains we had during the winter are causing a bit of a problem.

 

We are all thankful for the improvement on the drought situation and reservoirs that are now more normal, plus loosening up on the water restrictions in many communities. There were some issues with flooding and landslides but now there is another issue…

 

FLOWERGEDDON

 

It seems that all the rain has caused a superbloom of wildflowers in many areas, especially in the Anza Borrego Desert, which only happens about once every decade or so. The small town of Anza Borrego has been particularly hard hit, although it’s not the only area with tons of flowers blooming.

 

Cactus and Flowers in Carlsbad - No Flowergeddon here!

 

Flowers and cactus in Carlsbad

 

The result? An massive influx of tourists causing huge traffic jams for hours, restaurants running out of food, and issues with insufficient restrooms – the news report I saw talked about additional police needed to manage the traffic and lots of port-a-potties being brought in.

 

We talked about making a trip to the desert to see the fields of poppies and other wildflowers, about 2 hours away, but decided it was not worth dealing with the crowds. We’ve noticed that there are far more flowers blooming in the fields, mostly yellow, than we typically see, too.

 

You can see some photos and read more about Flowergeddon here!

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Kathleen Daniels
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Jeff,  that is a good problem to have. People are people. Many will flock like sheep ... making them sheeple. While it is something I'd like to see ... I'd not become one of the sheeple to see flowergeddon. 

Mar 31, 2017 02:45 PM #6
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No doubt they are coming Ed Silva  and hopefully soon for you.

I just don't have the patience to sit in traffic for hours even to lok at the desert flowers Hannah Williams 

They are even more brilliant now Carol Williams  Glad you got to enjoy them! Lots of pink flowers around as well.

Jeff

Mar 31, 2017 06:25 PM #7
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Hi Jeff Dowler before we moved to Sedona, we would travel through the desert and during a rainy year you would see the amazing wild flowers. It is a pretty site.  Mother Natures way of saying "I am sorry for all the rain, slides and flooding I caused.  Here is a bouquet of flowers." 

Mar 31, 2017 06:32 PM #8
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It's been wonderful Lynnea Miller  - the rains, despite the issues, and the flowers. Hope yours are glorious!

Indeed Sharon Tara  - such a contradiction!!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2017 10:00 PM #9
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I love that Kathleen Daniels  - sheeple!!!!! So true. Yep I would love to see but will just have to enjoy the photos - no way will I endure that mess.

Mother Nature gives and takes Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jeff

Mar 31, 2017 10:02 PM #10
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Good morning Jeff.  While we have almost everything blooming around here, we don't have it like you do.  Very nice, thanks for sharing

Apr 01, 2017 03:20 AM #11
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I love the outbreak of wildflowers in Oklahoma and Texas. Sometimes random selection is the best.

Apr 01, 2017 05:21 AM #12
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Nina Hollander
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A classic example of unintended consequences, Jeff. But this seems like a good (and beautiful) problem to have.

Apr 01, 2017 06:18 AM #13
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Hi Jeff -- I had the same thought as Nina Hollander but she arrived here before me.  Unintended consequences indeed!

Apr 01, 2017 07:01 AM #14
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Hi James Dray  - and you must be enjoying it after this winter. I wish I had the patience to go see all these wildflowers but I don't. Despite the hassles no doubt it's worth it, and the influx of tourists, despite the problems, is likely good for the local economy.

Agreed Joe Pryor 

Jeff

Apr 01, 2017 10:58 AM #15
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Nina Hollander - Rather ironic, isn't it?

It happened a few years ago, too but nearly nearly this extreme Michael Jacobs 

Jeff

Apr 01, 2017 11:00 AM #16
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The wildflowers are so pretty and such a infrequent site that I can see why it is causing traffic problems. Have a good weekend, Jeff.

Apr 01, 2017 06:41 PM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff I will not tell you where we are going tomorrow off the radar, but lots of flowers:))we hope, Endre

Apr 01, 2017 09:34 PM #18
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Been enjoying the same blooms down here in The Golden Triangle of San Diego Jeff Dowler 

Apr 02, 2017 03:27 AM #19
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You didn't warn me to turn down the sound on my computer before I clicked on your link, Jeff, LOL. Talk about waking my husband up and scaring the cats!! The only really change I've seen in my yard in Sacramento is there are a lot of weeds growing in the streets right now. Perhaps this is a sign I should get out to the foothills and go hiking today?

Apr 02, 2017 08:53 AM #20
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Debbie Reynolds Wildflowers are pretty common in the desert but not in such abundance. And at the height of the drought I think most weren't blooking at all!

Enjoy Endre Barath, Jr.  Hope you will share some photos!

Jeff

Apr 02, 2017 12:21 PM #21
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Beautiful Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS  - we have lots of those up here as well

That's why I keep the sound off on my computer. I didn't even realize that site had sound with it! Sorry to have caused a ruckus Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents 

We certainly have plenty of weeds around too, but they grow no matter what!!

Jeff

Apr 02, 2017 12:24 PM #22
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I was going to say that I didn't think Flowergeddon sounded so bad, but then I read on.  Is it really causing traffic jams and food shortages and the need for port-a-potties and extra police?  That's wild!  They are pretty though.  Glad you all have more rain and water this year. -Kasey

Apr 03, 2017 03:52 PM #23
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Hi Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC 

Yep from the reports I saw the traffic was horrendous, and I expect smaller roads and less room for traffic out in the desert. And I read restaurants simply ran out of food - no one was equipped to deal with this much traffic and that any people at one time. But having more rain was definitely a very good thing for CA!

Jeff

Apr 03, 2017 04:04 PM #24
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Amazing color Jeff Dowler and even more amazing to hear about traffic jams, food shortages and lack of 'potties'.  It would be a sight to see but we never seem to time our trips to or through the desert when the flowers are in bloom.  Thanks for sharing desert flowers for all of us,

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