Southern California

Spring Lovers, the First Flower Fields Bloom Has Popped

The Carlsbad gardens shared the pretty photo on social media, a sign of spectacular things to come.

What to Know

  • Carlsbad
  • March 1-May 12, 2019
  • Peak bloom dates can vary, so watch the attraction's social pages

There's still new year's confetti here and there, and the pointy paper hats we donned to welcome 2019 haven't yet made it off the coffeetable, along with various beads, balloons, and light-up eyeglasses.

And yet?

Signs of springtime are unfolding their petals around Southern California. Literally, in some cases.

No, the blossom-iest season isn't nearly here. We are, after all, only two weeks deep in wintertime, meaning winter is only up to our ankles, and not even our knees.

The rainiest part of the SoCal year hasn't yet arrived, and nights are notably nippy in every 9-starting zip code.

But there's this one hearty blossom, in Carlsbad, at The Flower Fields, and it was discovered by Jess Williams, a grower at the expansive agricultural attraction.


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A photo was taken of the early arrival, and it was shared on social media, all to let fans of The Flower Fields know that it won't be long.

That's right: The first ranunculus of the season has popped at the well-known bloom-laden location, about two months ahead of opening day.

Yes, opening day at The Flower Fields, as always, is March 1. Closing day, as always, is Mother's Day.

And during that multi-week stretch?

Thousands of incredibly bright ranunucus flowers, in a range of eye-popping colors, will open up, much to the delight of thousands of camera-wielding visitors, visitors who plan weekend getaways and Spring Breaks around visiting the famous Carlsbad locale.

No need to wield your camera just yet, though, even though, yes, there is a flower, one flower, a single blossom at The Flower Fields.

Many more will follow in the weeks to come, for sure.

This, though, is how we do early January is some SoCal quarters.

Our mountains are still snow-laden, and we're still rocking our light parkas, but, hey there: Gorgeous flowers do pop up, even before the new year's confetti is swept up.

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