Nick, you really think Gorman will erupt this weekend? I just drove by en route to/from Mt. Pinos this past weekend, and it didn't look quite there yet. Hard to tell from the freeway though.
There are however large drifts of lupine on abundant display all over the southland.
FWIW, my backyard hill is almost hitting poppy peak, with tidy tips, coral bells at peak, and a huge amount of goldfields about to explode; they are my favorite.
On my hill, the lupine has yet to bloom; same with the filaree and phacelia.
Too, all the encelia in my area is reaching for the sun in a big way.
Early desert perennial blooms I spotted in the last month or so include Thamnosma montana, Lotus rigidus, Sphaeralcea ambigua, and some Encelia farinosa just starting.
For anyone commuting along the 210 between Glendale and Pasadena, there's a nice lot of Encelia californica above and along the freeway, and a reallly stunning crop of lupine along the onramp to the 210 east from the Harvey entrance/exit!