Weather - rainy on the weekend. But come Monday we have had mainly sunny skies and low to mid 60s or 17-18 C. No complaints.
Sunday we woke to pouring rain again. Our check out time was noon and John ran across to McDonald's for our breakfast. I really wanted to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at NTC Liberty Station.
This was a fascinating venue known as the Navy Training Center.
Nowadays the buildings are used by Von's, Trader Joe's, ACE Hardware, restaurants, brewery, and many other businesses. A great use of a fabulous historic property.
Settled in for the evening and watched the beginning of t he Oscar's then The Voice!!
Had an amazing sunset! I LOVE this photo.
Monday we drove into Carlsbad to check out the town and have lunch. We parked and wandered around wondering if we were going to find something that appealed to us. There were several white table cloth Italian places with servers in ties but that didn't feel like lunch time food. We turned down a side street and saw an Irish flag flying over an Irish pub.
We had a delicious meal, I had great corned beef and cabbage and John had bangers and mash once he saw it described as Irish pork sausages.
Cabbage!! I would not get the white sauce on it again, it was good but a little overpowering.
Tuesday John golfed at Costa and totally enjoyed himself shooting 90!!
Wednesday we went into San Diego and soaked up the sunshine and Balboa Park.
Lunch was at Ruby's Diner, burger for John and I had a clam chowder and tuna sandwich.
Then we drove along the old Pacific Highway for a while. Then we went to the Carlsbad factory outlets.
I needed to replace my beloved crocs that I left in Mexico after putting many, many international miles on them.
We checked out at 10 AM (clocks had sprung ahead) and drove the five minutes to the Flower Fields located beside the factory outlets.
This was very high on my list of places to visit!
We had been following their website to determine when the flowers were in a good bloom this week.
Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920’s. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.
We started in the rose garden.
When fire destroyed the modest Frazee Ranch on the inland shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the family was forced to move to Oceanside where Frank Frazee began growing freesia bulbs to make ends meet. At that time, freesias were in high demand, and Frank took advantage of cheap land leased by the city to expand his crop. In 1933, the elder Frazee added ranunculus to his crop and introduced son Edwin to the art of seeding, cultivating and irrigating the pretty but less popular flower. At the age of 16, Edwin Frazee quit high school to work full time on his father’s burgeoning flower operation.
They are renown for the Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus, which is one of the finest strains of ranunculus plants in the world. The ranunculus flower is native to Asia Minor and is a member of the buttercup family. This unique blossom also is known as a Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic.
Over 50 acres are devoted to raising the ranunculus bulb crop; approximately five acres are used for other specialty flowers.
The best time to view the flowers is usually mid-March through Mid-April. However, these dates may change if the bloom is either early or late due to weather conditions, etc
A portion of the flower crop is sold as cut flowers. The remainder of these flowers are grown to provide the ranunculus bulbs. These workers were picking flowers for sale.
Stroll through memory lane, a 1,500 square foot greenhouse filled with the world famous Ecke poinsettias. Enjoy hundreds of exciting poinsettias in over 20 rare and unusual varieties. Learn the history of the world's best selling potted plant - the poinsettia.
John decided to find the solution to this one-of-a-kind living maze, sweet peas! Immerse yourself in this living maze of fragrant and colorful "old fashioned" sweet pea blossoms.
Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse and view an abundance of beautiful cymbidium orchids available for sale at the Armstrong Garden Center.
But the piece de resistance are the flower fields! I can only imagine what it will look like in another week!