Indian paintbrush already out on Mt. Diablo (everything I know is wrong)!

@TheHorse (65976)
Pleasant Hill, California
February 29, 2016 9:27am CST
Do you ever miss the days when you thought you knew everything? The older I get, the more I realize that some of the things I held as truths are wrong. Heck, maybe everything I know is wrong! Over the past couple of years, I've been confidently telling people that Indian Warrior, a lovely wildflower, comes up in the early Spring, while Indian Paintbrush waits for the warmer, more dry months. Wrong again. Right now both Indian Warrior and Indian Paintbrush are blooming on Mt. Diablo. The Indian Warrior DID come up a couple of weeks before the Indian Paintbrush, but the Indian Paintbrush is out now too. Maybe it's because we had such a wet early Winter--I'm not sure. I'll attach a picture of Indian Paintbrush that I took last year. You can find a picture of Indian Warrior a few posts back, if you're interested. Can you think of examples of things you knew to be true, only to find out later you were dead wrong (or at least partially wrong)? Sigh.
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@LadyDuck (157823)
• Switzerland
29 Feb 16
Both those wild flowers are beautiful, may be the milder winter made them bloom earlier. There are plenty of things that I discovered were not as I thought, as an example I thought that cilantro needed a hot weather, it is exactly the opposite. I have to plant it in a shaded area, as soon as the soil is too warm it develop flowers.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
That's actually good for me to know. Some years in Oakland, I'd have cilantro everywhere. Other years, it would never come up. I love cilantro.
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@LadyDuck (157823)
• Switzerland
1 Mar 16
@TheHorse I love cilantro too, now I plant some seeds every two months, so I can be sure to have it almost all the year round.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 16
ugh when I eat Mexican food I have to pick out cilantro or get really sick strong and it makes me wheeze and sneeze bad allergy to the stuff just the scent can make me sick to my stomach lol.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
29 Feb 16
mother nature has the last word! lol
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Just when I thought I understood her, she throws me a curve ball. Typical woman.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
I didn't know anything about either Indian Paintbrush or Indian Warrior and never would have known you were talking about flowers if I didn't read your post. Certainly is interesting and they look really pretty in your picture.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Thanks. I'll try to get more pictures over the next couple of weeks.
@amadeo (66022)
• United States
29 Feb 16
we used to get them every year when we first moved in.The last few years have not been around and they were beautiful.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Indian Paintbrush? We get them in Montana too.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 16
@TheHorse South Dakota too
• United States
29 Feb 16
i'm purty sure the weather might'a had somethin' to do with it, although i aint familiar with either plant :( aint got none'f those'n these parts sadly. 's fer yer query?? i'm wrong more'n i'm correct these days 'n that makes me a bit cranky :D
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Seems like a lot of my sacred cows are being slaughtered. I don't even know what to call myself politically any more! I suspect the early Winter rain, followed by three weeks of little or no rain, had something to do with the Paintbrush coming up early.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse that'll sure do it, hon. heck, i've got a maple tree out here that's bloomed 3 times already this year. jest to've a cold snap come 'long with high winds to blow 'em off. daffodils came up 'fore the grape hyacinths! that was surely a first.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
@crazyhorseladycx Glad I'm not the only one who is a bit confused and seeing things happen out of order.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Feb 16
I, too have never heard of either of these. Are they California specific. They look cool. Otherwise, I probably have a bunch of answers to your question, but I'm drawing a blank.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
I'm not sure about Indian Warrior. I've seen Indian Paintbrush in Rocky Mountain States.
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 16
@The Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota Indian Paint brush blooms in the summer and looks so pretty too.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
19 Aug 16
@Hatley We have pretty much paint brush up in Montana. I'm not surprised it grows in South Dakota as well. It likes things a bit dryer than does the Indian Warrior.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 16
trying to think of examples well the weed I thought was wild hemp and we called it loco weed as cattle would eat it and act crazy then I f ound out its called jimson weed/
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
19 Aug 16
Oh, that's a good one! Is jimson weed supposed to do anything to people?
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 16
@TheHorse thats a good question I sure do not know lollol
@RasmaSandra (17604)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse sigh... yes, I do remember one year we were expecting more snow in March and in fact we have even had snow in early April if Easter comes then. Anyway one year right on schedule the snow came late March but spring had already arrived so you can imagine my surprise to walk outside in my garden, snow all around and one red tulip sticking up from the snow.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Did the tulip survive?
@RasmaSandra (17604)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse amazingly enough it didn't wilt like tulips tend to do rather quickly. I guess the snow kept it fresh and after all the snow melted this tulip was around to greet other tulips.
@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Feb 16
The entire scheme of weather is confused this year. Plants and flowers don't know what is going on. Confused. I wouldn't think you were really wrong but that the weather is weird. Don't give up! You know more than you think you do.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
I feel like Col. Klink. I...know...nothing.
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse ....I would carry around a disclaimer for info given about 2015-16 weather.
@jaboUK (53942)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
The older you get, the more that is likely to happen I'm afraid.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Oh rats. So by the time I'm officially "old," I'll realize that everything I thought I knew was wrong?
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@jaboUK (53942)
• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse Yup - pretty much!
@Marcyaz (35669)
• United States
29 Feb 16
I have seen the Indian paintbrush growing wild in Oklahoma and they sure are pretty. I can't think of any examples at this time.
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Ah, so that would be on the prairie, not in mountains?
@Marcyaz (35669)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@TheHorse . Yes the prairie you can see them driving on the Freeways, fields of them so pretty.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
29 Feb 16
Them durned Injuns...why they gotta make so much trouble? Hell, we doned gived 'em whiskey, what more do they want?
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@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Indian Warrior is supposed to have sedative properties, but muching on a few petals didn't do it for me. Can't trust them durned Indian anythings.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
Yes, but let's not talk about the men I have known in my life.
@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
29 Feb 16
Oh, do tell. I was a Borderline Personality Disorder magnet for awhile. The humanity.
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• United States
1 Mar 16
@TheHorse I seem to be a terrible judge of character. Most were liars. One is even in prison for massive fraud.
@TheHorse (65976)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar 16
Were you in Southern California at the time? I liked Southern California because people seemed happier than up here, but they were also a bit more "slick." Some men are narcissists and sociopaths. I thought I was a good judge of character. Most of my friends are very cool, and very honest. But for awhile I allowed my self to fall victim to the "passion" of borderlines. Like sociopaths (and narcissists), they lack empathy.
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@BelleStarr (38385)
• United States
1 Mar 16
Heck no, I am grandma who knows everything!! lol
@Lucky15 (33382)
• Philippines
1 Mar 16
SanTa Claus. Lol Those were love flowers.
@allknowing (65267)
• India
1 Mar 16
How dare you call them Indian when I have not seen them here being an avid gardener. As far as righting the wrong that is an ongoing process as far as I am concerned.
@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Mar 16
This is a pretty plant. And yes, I am continually being corrected about something. You just can't trust anything these days!