We backroad explorers typically look forward to wildflower season (aka "spring"). When we had a wet winter and a continuing wet spring, our back roads (as well as main roads) become lined with the ROY G BIVs of the floral world.
In 2009, during our early years in southern California, there was an explosion of purple verbenas of various types along Henderson Canyon Road near Peg Leg Road, outside Borrego Springs.
2009 full ocotillo blooming. Here, not only are the flowers blooming, but green is lining the branches.
Come 2014, wildflowers are not too widespread. I was lucky enough to happen to see some ocotillos blooming on the S-2, between Ocotillo and Scissors Crossing. However, all we get to see are the fierce thorns and the red flowers.