California has so much to offer visitors—the drive up the coast from L.A. to San Francisco, with stops in Paso Robles for wine tasting, and Big Sur for breathtaking views is a classic trip. But for me, this is the time to explore California’s deserts when the wildflowers are in bloom. My new Iris Meadow fragrance was originally inspired by a walk through an open field of wildflowers—its crisp green notes are infused with lush florals and deepened by warm, energizing woods.
The best time of year to see desert wildflowers is late winter or early spring, but they are notoriously finicky, requiring just the right amount of rain to bloom so the window for seeing them varies each year. Desert USA has an online guide which tracks when desert flowers are blooming; it’s incredibly useful when planning a trip. A little spontaneity may be required if you want to catch the flowers at their peak, but seeing a barren desert landscape blanketed in vivid, vibrant petals is worth the effort.