Whew! It’s sure been hot! And that heat has cooked the color right out of an early bloom of California poppies.
From 89.3 KPCC’s website:
The weekend’s unseasonable record heat has prematurely “cooked” the color right out of the annual bloom of California poppies in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which is normally covered in orange blossoms right about now.
“We’re astonished to find that our big bloom of desert-adapted, ruggedly persistent poppies has been all but cooked away by the unseasonable heat we’ve had over the last week,” the reserve posted in a Bloom Status dated March 15.
Until this past weekend — when temperatures in the reserve soared into the eighties — the early bloom was considered the densest poppy crop seen in a decade.
Now, the sun-facing southern slopes of the reserve are covered in “desiccated orange petals … left shriveled on the stalk,” the reserve posted.
You can read the entire article HERE.