Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park should flower best through early April, with peak blooms expected within two weeks in low-lying, warm areas like Borrego Valley, the Borrego Badlands, Coyote Canyon, and along Highway S-2 in the south end of the park. Among the many annually appearing wildflowers you'll find in the low-lying areas are desert sunflower, dune primrose, lupine, desert chicory, sand verbena, and desert lily. On slightly higher ground and up along the hillsides, you'll spot blooming brittlebush, chuparosa, ocotillo, apricot mallow, and more. Starting in March, several varieties of cactus should explode into bloom. Januaryâ€™s and Februaryâ€™s rainfall totals were far above average throughout the desert, and that could lead to the best flowering season in years. For the latest update, call Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's special hotline, (760) 767-4684, for a recorded message.