Too much heat too early brought a halt to these spring flowers. Rain will just dampen their annual parade.
McLaughlins Daffodil Hill, the Sierra foothills mecca for spring bloom, is closing early. On Tuesday, family spokesman Michael Ryan announced that Sunday would be closing day if rain didnt force them to close even earlier.
Located near Volcano, Daffodil Hill usually stays open well into April, but unseasonably warm weather this past week quickly aged the flowers. The six-acre site features more than 300 varieties of daffodil and an estimated half million blooms. Daffodil Hill opened its 74th season March 15.
Although there are still areas with many pretty blooms, our daffodils are well past their prime, Ryan said. The rains that are predicted for much of the rest of this week will most likely affect the days we are able to open, and may also require an earlier closing date.
Ryan, whose family owns and operates the colorful landmark, recommended that potential visitors call ahead. A recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 will give updates.
Any significant rain will likely cause us to close, he added.
As long as the rain doesnt shut the gates, Daffodil Hill will be open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. No dogs are allowed.
Call The Bees Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.