March 2014 - Carlsbad CA
We checked out at 10 AM (clocks had sprung ahead) and drove the five minutes to the Flower Fields located beside the factory outlets.
This was very high on my list of places to visit!
We had been following their website to determine when the flowers were in a good bloom this week.
Check out their web site.
Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920’s. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.
We started in the rose garden.
When fire destroyed the modest Frazee Ranch on the inland shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the family was forced to move to Oceanside where Frank Frazee began growing freesia bulbs to make ends meet. At that time, freesias were in high demand, and Frank took advantage of cheap land leased by the city to expand his crop. In 1933, the elder Frazee added ranunculus to his crop and introduced son Edwin to the art of seeding, cultivating and irrigating the pretty but less popular flower. At the age of 16, Edwin Frazee quit high school to work full time on his father’s burgeoning flower operation.
They are renown for the Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus, which is one of the finest strains of ranunculus plants in the world. The ranunculus flower is native to Asia Minor and is a member of the buttercup family. This unique blossom also is known as a Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic.
Over 50 acres are devoted to raising the ranunculus bulb crop; approximately five acres are used for other specialty flowers.
The best time to view the flowers is usually mid-March through Mid-April. However, these dates may change if the bloom is either early or late due to weather conditions, etc
A portion of the flower crop is sold as cut flowers. The remainder of these flowers are grown to provide the ranunculus bulbs. These workers were picking flowers for sale.
If you only know how I miss sunshine over green grass and blooming flowers everywhere! Nice day you had.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful place. It looks like you timed your visit beautifully to catch so many flowers in bloom. The vast fields of blooms are amazing, especially with the ocean in the background. I want to go there!ReplyDelete
By the way, my post features flowers today too.
Some really stunning photos.ReplyDelete
What beautiful flowers! It's nice to see those on a 30 degree day with snow on the ground.ReplyDelete
This place looks awesome. It reminds me a little bit of the public gardens in Halifax, NSReplyDelete
Thanks for all the color in our still drab winter here in PA.!ReplyDelete
Oh, such beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Wow! Those poppies are so pretty and the ranunculus (what interesting info about their botanical family!) are such pretty additions to any bouquet! ... I wish I was a talented gardener, but I lack the oomph for mid-season weeding and garden bed digging/dividing.ReplyDelete
I do get to visit plenty of churches and cemeteries with the GW, and I can really appreciate the change to a flower field with the protruding of Spring. Luv ya "chooch"ReplyDelete