The official California State Flower is the Golden Poppy. Distinguished by its four brilliant orange, satiny petals and gray-green leaves, it can be found blooming from March through May on hillsides and valleys across California. In SoCal, we had a great winter of rain in 2005 so my mom, sister and I trekked up to Lancaster to show my nephew the beautiful wild poppies in bloom. This is another great year of blooms and right now they are peaking. Visit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Web site to see current bloom photos. And check out the California Poppy Festival in the Antelope Valley next weekend on April 19 & 20 – Celebrate spring at the festival and enjoy fun family events, great food, a flower & farmers’ market, art fair and even a circus! Learn more at the Poppy Festival Web site. Grown your own field of poppies the easy way by using a “carpet” of seeds. Get Orange Poppy Seeds In A Blanket and watch those poppies grow!