What to Know
- Opens March 1
- Peak season could happen around April, but watch The Flower Fields online for more information
- Tickets available now
How is a ranunculus blossom like a sizable squirrel?
That's something of a head-scratcher, given that one is full of petals and the other is covered in fur.
One grows in the ground and the other frequents underground areas.
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And one doesn't have teeth, er, while the other one does?
But here's a place where the showy flower and the adorable critter cross paths: We look to them for whimsical signs of springtime's approach.
Punxsutawney Phil already called an early 2020 spring, on Feb. 2, from his Pennsylvania home, while a classic California predictor just said hello to the sun: One of the first flowers of the 2020 season at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch has bloomed.
These fields are known for boasting a riotous spread of spectacular color around April each year, thanks to the large pink, red, and yellow Giant Tecolote ranunculus blooms.
Of course, the much-anticipated peak bloom can arrive earlier or later in the season, depending on a number of factors, so watching the social pages of The Flower Fields to get a feel for what's happening on the flower forecast is key.
But here are a few true things: The agricultural attraction just shared a photo of one of the first fully opened flowers of the 2020 season on Facebook on Friday, Feb. 7.
Also true: The Flower Fields always open on March 1, each and every year, and the final day of the annual run? It's always Mother's Day Sunday.
And from the true files: A host of happenings, from music to meals, pop up in the stem-packed place through March, April, and early May, so checking out the schedule before you visit is as essential as water and sunshine is to a flower's growth.
As for the hue of this newly opened flower?
It looks to be a red-orange beauty, something akin to a sunset in color. Your next job? Imagining what thousands of those fabulous flowers look like, row by row by row by row by row...