The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, Calif., opened to visitors last week but rain and cold weather have kept the attraction's famed ranunculus from opening up.
"Due to weather conditions we've been having lately, the flowers aren't fully bloomed," spokeswoman Shannon Moore said Wednesday. "Right now they're just buds. In about two weeks, they should be fully in bloom."
The working farm opened Friday and will remain open until May 12. The Giant Tecolote Ranunculus planted on 50 acres draws about 120,000 photo-snapping visitors to Carlsbad Ranch each year. The showy flowers in the buttercup family, which grow to be about 3 feet tall, bloom crimson, pink, yellow and white and are planted in color patterns each year.
There's also a sweet pea maze; an American flag made of red, white and blue petunias, a cymbidium orchid greenhouse; and tractor wagon rides ($6 for adults, $3 for children). If you want to create your own flower fields at home, the ranch offers educational and demonstration sessions, too.