Wet spring boosts wildflowers
BOULDER, Colorado – There an upside to Colorado’s soggy spring. Wildlife observers say the region’s healthy rainfall has caused a gorgeous explosion of wildflowers along the Rocky Mountains.
Naturalist Stephen Jones of Boulder County says area wildflowers are loving the cool, wet spring. His area saw 9 inches of rain in April and May, with temperatures never above 90 degrees. Last year, only 5.3 inches of rain fell in the same period, with two days in the 90s.
Jones predicts strong wildflower blooms throughout June, saying only about one year in 20 are as good for the flowers.
But naturalists say flower-watchers shouldn’t delay, because even a short stretch of hot weather and high winds can turn bucolic mountain meadows brown and dry.
Warm weather means its sludge-treatment time and it’s been a big volume spring