My daughter, granddaughter, and I made our annual pilgrimage to Table Mountain today to look at the wildflowers. We knew it wouldn’t be the best year for them — no rain in January and February made the display kind of skimpy. But it was worth going anyway — the flowers were blooming, just not so many of them, the sun was shining, and it was a great day to get outdoors.
Fewer flowers than some years, but more newts. Sometimes we can only spot one in the pool — today we were delighted to see seven or eight. Some cute little frogs too.
California pipevine — I only know one place to find it, although there must be others.
So if you are tired of being confined to the house and want to get out of doors, Table Mountain is a great destination. Plenty of room for everyone.
Looks like you had a nice visit to Table Mountain. There’s plenty of pipestem vine in Bidwell Park. The Pipestem Swallowtail butterfly have been laying their eggs on the fresh vines this week.
Pipevine grows all over lower and upper Bidwell Park in Chico. It is also ubiquitous along parts of the Sacramento River between Colusa and Redding.