R is for RANUNCULUS
These beautiful flowers are the mainstay of our beautiful Carlsbad (California) Flower Fields. Every spring for a couple of months the flower fields are in full bloom. In fact they have just ended their 2012 season.
These flowers are part of the buttercup family. Take a look to compare.
Here is the buttercup, a common, but beautiful wild flower from which the ranunculus are derived.
The Flower Fields (registered trade mark) are situated on 50 acres on a hillside that stretches down to the Pacific Ocean. In the spring it is an ocean of color which brings people from miles away. Of course the fact that Legoland and beautiful beaches are only a couple of minutes away helps! But it's well worth the time to view from close-up. I really liked the fact that they incorporate an American flag in flowers in their display.
The Flower Fields had their roots in the 1920's and were developed over the years by a Mr. Gage who brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them. He started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property. Today it is a major attraction in our little town on the Southern California Coast -- a very special place.
R is for Rug design
I haven't been posting much art recently even though I have been doing it. Some I am saving for later posts but I have also been giving my eyes a bit of a rest -- that is, until last week when I finally just HAD to do some. I came across this design in a catalog on a Rug. I loved it and had to reproduce it. Fortunately we are at the letter R, and 'Rug Design' fit the bill. It is ATC size, that is 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.
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