Flower Fields open for visitors

March 19, 2013 by  

Carlsbad Flower Fields are finally open to receive visitors, although the poor weather has meant that the blooms are not fully open and are still in bud.

The California weather has been wet and much cooler than usual of late, which has slowed down the progress of the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. The flowers are displayed over 50 acres of land and around 120,000 visitors arrive at the Flower Fields every year.

According to a spokeswoman for the Flower Fields of Carlsbad, the flowers are still buds but will have opened within two weeks of the facility opening. Recently opened for 2013, the Flower Fields will remain open until May 12. Visitors flock to the center to capture the stunning sights of the blooms all fully open, perhaps promoted by local catalog printing services that display the flowers.

The plants descend from the buttercup family and reach around three feet in height. They are planted according to color patterns every year, with white, yellow, crimson, and pink available.

In addition to the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, the center also has a maze made of sweet peas, as well as petunias cultivated into the shape of the U.S. flag, in red, white, and blue. Tractor rides are also provided for children. Anyone who is interested in creating their very own flower field can take part in demonstrations and educational programs provided by the ranch. Any flowers that remain unsold will be harvested to produce bulbs for next year. Event days take place throughout the season, including Mother’s Day on May 12.