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Just north of San Diego is a place called The Carlsbad Flower Fields. It’s basically a ranunculus bulb farm where they let the flowers bloom before harvesting and selling the bulbs. Since they have a massive amount of blooming flowers, for a month or two of the spring they sell tickets to go frolic in the fields. It just closed this weekend, and we went on the first of May — flower report was 60% blooming.
Not bad for 60%, hmm? Oh, the photo isn’t crooked, the flowers are planted on a hillside. There are several expanses with stripes of colored flowers in every shade. Due to scheduling, we were there at high noon, the worst possible time to take photos, and it was a bit windy for an added challenge. It was a fun photo scavenger hunt anyway.
They have various events during the season, including a Canon-sponsored macro photography event. We were there for a rose event, which smelled fantastic and looked even better. Here are some highlights of the roses:
There is also a sweet pea maze and fair-type foods, and you can (of course) buy ranunculus bulbs or cut flowers. You have to walk through the garden center to exit. Since it is also strawberry season there was a kiosk set up with strawberry shakes and strawberry lavender sundaes. Yum. We made it a girls’ day since the boys were all working, but I will probably take my husband up there next year.
Info: Carlsbad Flower Fields, March-May daily from 9am-6pm.
Have you been to any spring events this year?
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