Sea of Ranunculus

The photo on Tuesday was a preview for this post. It was taken at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, which is a beach town about 35 miles north of San Diego. Every year, these fifty acres bloom with Tecolote Giant Ranunculus. . . .


That’s the Pacific Ocean in the background.


The thing that looks like a windmill? It used to be a restaurant called Pea Soup Andersen’s, but now it’s a TGI Friday’s.


A few more errant blooms. There aren’t many! I sometimes wonder if workers move the strays.


You can read the history of the flower fields here.


This is a so-so iPhone shot, but I included it because I think it gives a sense of how big the area is.


As you can see, there are multicolored sections, and bands with just one color. It’s been a long time since I visited the fields, but I think they used to do just the solid bands.


According to a brochure about the fields, there are thirteen colors: red, gold, pink, yellow, orange, white, rose, salmon, picotee, café, purple, flame and merlot. “Picotee” means having pale petals bordered by a darker color.
I’m kind of partial to the salmon color. How about you?

More on Tuesday.


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16 Responses to Sea of Ranunculus

  1. clumsyfool says:

    Wow, beautiful colours 🙂

  2. Caroline says:

    I’ve never seen fields like that. Amazing. I love the multicolored ones but for the individual flowers, yes, salmon is lovely.

  3. Incredible sight. It does look like a lot of hard work though. I like the sound of Pea Soup Anderson’s much more that TGI Friday, and I’m damn sure that I’d like the food more:)

    • They were known for their pea soup (naturally) and the food was better than Friday’s. The latter is a chain over here and has gone from OK to mediocre in my opinion.

  4. I had to laugh when you mentioned Pea Soup Andersons. I ate in one when we were driving along the coast highway a few years ago. My friend said there aren’t many of the restaurants left any more. It reminded me a bit of Cracker Barrel in the South – same kind of fun kitsch.

    • I didn’t realize it was a chain! The last time I ate there, it wasn’t very crowded and most of the people were senior citizens. I think the place closed pretty soon after that.

  5. TBM says:

    Oh they are wonderful. Really superb! And they turned Pea soup Anderson’s into a TGIF!!!! Oh no!!!! I remember going there once when I was a kid.

    • Hey, thanks! Yes, it’s true. I think Friday’s has been there since 2003 at least. Now I’m wondering if the windmill in the movie Sideways was a Pea Soup Andersen’s.

      • TBM says:

        I was trying to remember if it was a chain since I can’t remember why I was at this one with my friend’s family. I just remember being at the restaurant and at the time I refused to eat anything with peas in it. Now I love Pea soup and wish I could go back and try it. I think I sat at the table and pouted. Wow I was a brat. How embarrassing.

      • I always liked peas, but thought onions were disgusting. Now I love them! Pea soup is kind of unappetizing when you’re a kid, so I don’t blame you.

  6. “Picotee.”—I like it.

  7. I would like a bouquet of this in my living room.

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