I took this photo of ranunculus at the 2011 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (which is coming up again this week, March 20-24.)
Who knew ranuncs came tissue-petaled in cinnamon brown and pale peach? Last fall I tried like mad to find a selection of tubers with colors similar to these with no success at all. Local sources of tubers come in primary colors: Red, dark pink, white, yellow.

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I settled for orange and cut the first flowers just yesterday from my community garden plot.

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Riddle me this: Why do cut flower growers have access to an amazing selection of colors while the home grower does not?
Colors like these need to be shared.

Willow Creek Gardens offers a couple offbeat colors like ‘Merlot’ and ‘Flamenco,’ both from the California grower Carlsbad Flower Fields, which opens its flower fields March 1 thru May 12, 2013, an event that sounds similar to the flower extravaganzas more common in the Netherlands. I’ve never attended before. I likewise haven’t ordered from Willow Creek Gardens before, but they get good reviews on davesgarden.

Ranunculus are amazing cut flowers. Please tempt us with more varied and complex colors, okay?

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4 Responses to ranunculus

  1. Lena says:

    I went to the Carlsbad Flower Fields event a few years back, which was good because they were selling ranunculus in a lot of colors you don’t normally see. I didn’t take the tour, I don’t remember why. It was probably crazy expensive. Worth a drive out there, because Carlsbad and Cardiff, etc. are really pretty, and because the roadside strawberries are incredible. Huge.

  2. Denise says:

    Lena, thanks for the info. Might be worth a roadtrip for strawberrries and ranuncs!

  3. Kris P says:

    I found the merlot color tubers here in SoCal, at Rogers Garden I think. I grabbed them just because I hadn’t seen this color before. In bloom now, they’re nice but more pink than plum in color, far from the wonderful deep plum color shown in your picture.

  4. Denise says:

    Kris, I did check Roger’s too, since they’re usually the best bet for better varieties. I must have passed on the Merlot or they had run out. Yes, plum, not pink!

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