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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Excellent Rug design art piece Chris. Great texture and color.
The flowers remind me of my folks. They always had ranunculus growing in their garden. I think they are beautiful.
Ranaunculus are so very beautiful....they rival roses in my book.
The flower field is gorgeous as are all the flower shots. I also like the rug design a lot. Carver ABC-Wed. Team
Those flowers are arranged so beautifully, it looks like a bouquet.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
The Ranauculus is one perfect looking flower!!!I think they are just gorgeous.
Lots to learn in this post. I haven't seen the Flower Fields and hadn't heard of Ranunculus, and didn't know Buttercups (one of my favourite flowers) had relatives :) The rug design had a fragile charm that I like very much. Great R choices!
Wow! Such beautiful flowers.
R is for RED, come and see.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
I had not heard of Ranunculus before, but that is no surprise, the Better Half is the flower person in our family, I prefer to grow vegetables. I had no idea that buttercups were related to anything useful, they are a real pest in our garden, taking over what should be a lawn. I like the rug pattern.
The flower fields photo reminds me of the Fens back when I was a kid. We used to go and see my grandparents in Peterborough and drove through the tulip growing area. It's just about gone now - a real shame.
Love the rug!
Those flower fields look like a rug too! ;) So colourful.
Not sure why, but the photos of the flower fields make me sneeze! :)
Did you use coloured pencils for the rug design? It is lovely!
I don't think I can even pronounce the flower name, but they certainly are gorgeous. And your rug design would make for a very striking accent!
The ranunculus (what a name) are beautiful. Lots of people have them in their yard here around.
Excellent post for R, Chris !
I think that if lived near a flower field such as you have shown us here, I would cry with happiness!
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