Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Red, rose, merlot; pink, purple, picotee; flame, orange, yellow; champagne, snow, white. You couldn’t find a wilder colour wheel except on the palette of a charismatic painter. And yet, these various hues flourish in harmony across the hills of Carlsbad every spring.
This year, for the first time in 15 years, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have changed their colour pattern due to a professional colourist.
From March until May, a multicoloured tapestry of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers blooms over 50 acres of a usually beige landscape. Known for their layers of tissue thin petals and lacy green leaves, ranunculus flowers come brilliantly coloured in so many hues. Because they are pollonless and odourless, they are non allergenic… and don’t atract bees!
Located about 40 minutes north of San Diego’s downtown, 1.5 hours south of LA, the 60-year old Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are one of the only surviving agricultural businesses in the area. The surrounding land sold out to residential and commercial developments.
Only two percent of the ranunculus — almost a million flower stems — are sold as cut flowers; the rest produce bulbs for garden centres and nurseries. Almost 6 to 8 million bulbs are harvested annually .
After spring, the farm is closed to the public. The flowers dry and die, while the bulbs store energy until mid summer, when workers dig them up and prepare them for sale. Planting starts again from September until January.
I hope these pictures will brighten your week.
The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. ~Gertrude S. Wister
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. ~Buddha
The nature of this flower is to bloom. ~ Alice Walker
One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve. ~ Henry David Thoreau
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. ~ Kozuko Okakura
The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days. ~ Robert Leighton
The earth laughs in flowers. ~ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~ Claude Monet
While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today’s language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias, the December birth flower, symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration. ~ Teleflora
Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~ Hans Christian Andersen
I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness. That it yearns to be carried away. ~Author Unknown