Every spring as the weather warms up, the wild flowers pop up all over our town. The California Poppy in particular (our State Flower) shows its
presence - sometimes truly as a patch of random volunteers, but in our town - also aided and abetted by human action in propagating the seed.
A few years ago, our Town Council decided to sponsor the propagation of this native plant by sending an envelope of seeds to every resident in the town.
How many of those seeds may have had a direct result in producing this year's display is unknown - but the indirect effects are telling.
Maybe the disappointing rainy seasons we had for the last few years are being made up for this year (2016). We had a good winter - not the floods predicted by the weather forecasters - but at least the rainfall was slightly above average. Whether that is what caused this year's spectacular display we can't be sure. But for some reason, their presence is more than usualy noticeable this spring.