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I thought I would post this in honor of the season, as poinsettias are closely associated with the holiday. This wasn't taken in winter, however; it was taken in the spring at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Apparently the farm also raises a variety of them, but the bright, almost-oxblood ones are my favorites. I feel kind of bad for them, however. The plants have to be shocked, usually by keeping them in total darkness for about two weeks, to get their leaves to turn their brilliant shades of red, but if the colorful areas aren't then cut back, the plant thinks it's dying and continues to die until it's gone. If the leaves are cut, they can be saved, but they won't turn red again until they leaf out and are subjected to the same conditions. Beauty is sometimes painful, I suppose. There's probably something significant about this plant being a favorite at this time of year, in addition to the colors commonly associated with Christmas, but I'll have to do some research.

The flower fields and associated activities are only open from March to May each year There are usually events, especially on the weekends, and there are quite a lot of other features on-site, including a wagon ride with cars pulled by antique tractors, a sweet pea maze, and playgrounds. There are few places like this in the world, and even fewer in the US. The primary crop is the Ranunculus, a not terribly well-known flower in the US, but they are really stunning! Such vivid colors, but the poinsettia collection was pretty spectacular also, as you can see here.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 78 N: 976] (1775)
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