Sunflowers in N. California?

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rrockley
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Sunflowers in N. California?
Aug 15, 2013

Can anyone share some locations in Northern California where you can see fields of sunflowers? I went out last weekend in Napa and didn't find any. I know there must be some good fields somewhere near. Googling I've only some up with some locations near Sacramento. Thanks in advance for any help.

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You might also ask in the landscape nature forums

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I recently drove past a field of cultivated sunflowers somewhere between Hollister and San Juan Bautista on Hwy 152(6?). The plants were about 3-4 feet tall, and racing past in my car, they looked like they were more green plant than flower head. I expect to be out that way again in a couple of weeks, and I could get a more exact location, if you're interested.

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In reply to rrockley, Aug 16, 2013

call them first to make sure the flowers are still in bloom in this late summer

http://www.examiner.com/article/sunflower-fields-forever

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In reply to Clark666, Aug 16, 2013

Thanks- I'll look into a couple of those.

So you think the flowers will all be gone by now?

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Yes they are.  There are fields of them grown by farmers, they are being harvested now. Only a few homes have some in their gardens

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... I drove up to Yolo county as you suggested. Unfortunately this year these is a serious drought in CA. Normally you would find fields of sunflowers, but what I actually saw was field after field of browned, dried up, sorry looking failed sunflowers. The ground was dried up clay as hard as concrete. This is the reality of the drought for the farmers in this part of California - dead fields and millions of lost cash crop dollars. Very sad.

After about an hour, and half a dozen such fields, I decided to give up and come home. Just as I was about to turn onto the highway, I saw this field of yellow to my left. This farmer had irrigation. What a difference water makes.

I'm glad I saw this field. Thanks for the suggestions, all.

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rrockley wrote:

... I drove up to Yolo county as you suggested. Unfortunately this year these is a serious drought in CA. Normally you would find fields of sunflowers, but what I actually saw was field after field of browned, dried up, sorry looking failed sunflowers. The ground was dried up clay as hard as concrete. This is the reality of the drought for the farmers in this part of California - dead fields and millions of lost cash crop dollars. Very sad.

And this after the heat and draught of 2012.
But of course there is no such thing as global warming

After about an hour, and half a dozen such fields, I decided to give up and come home. Just as I was about to turn onto the highway, I saw this field of yellow to my left. This farmer had irrigation. What a difference water makes.

I'm glad I saw this field. Thanks for the suggestions, all.

Nice pictures!

I like these pictures best, the fist one better than the second, because of less saturation.

Thanks for sharing.Peter

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