the Flowers of Spring
by Mary Lindsey
It is Spring again in the San Bernardino
Mountains and when you go out for a drive or take a hike in the forest, you will
begin to see the wonder of Spring unfold before your eyes. The roadsides and
meadows begin to sprout waves of different wildflowers and native flowering
trees and bushes.
Some years, when the weather stays cool and damp, the flowers
will bloom in clusters for about 2 weeks or more and you will have more time to
enjoy each species of flower separately. Other years, it gets hot quickly and
the flowers have a short growing season and are very scattered and sparse.
Our wildflowers are precious because most of them are not transplantable,
some are even protected. We hope you will be respectful of our wildflowers and
native plants and take care not to plant other plants that my take over their
Mountain Beautiful would like to help you identify some of them and learn their
common names. We highly recommend the book, "Wildflowers of the San Bernardino
Mountains" by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (PO Box 490 Lake Arrowhead)
available at McCabe's Booksellers in Crestline. This is an excellent guide to
our native wildflowers and plants. Some plants that we have photographs of are
Miner's Lettuce, Baby Blue Eyes, Dogwood,
Lunaria (Honesty or Money plant), California Dandelion.
Larkspur, Wallflower, Lupine, California Lilac, Wild Strawberry