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Faded from recent warm days, Daffodil Hill has closed for the year

Visitors walk on a path at McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill in Volcano, which has closed for 2017.
Visitors walk on a path at McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill in Volcano, which has closed for 2017. rbyer@sacbee.com

Daffodil Hill, that golden blast of Sierra spring, is closed for the season after recent warm weather caused the flowers to fade fast.

If you didn’t already make the trek to Volcano, you’ll have to wait until next year.

“Our blooms have faded, and the hill is showing signs of wear, so we have made the decision to close Daffodil Hill effective immediately,” the garden park’s Mike Ryan said Monday morning. “We truly hope that the thousands of people who passed through our gates this year enjoyed their visits.”

Near the Sierra foothills town of Volcano, Daffodil Hill opened its 2017 season March 17. Legions of flower-lovers visited the Amador County ranch to see more than 300,000 daffodils in bloom before warm spring weather arrived.

“Now that we have closed for this year,” Ryan said, “we ask that people remember that Daffodil Hill is private property and is no longer open to the public.”

Throughout the Sacramento region, a few more days of warm weather are forecast before a fairly significant spring storm hits.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid- to upper 70s through Wednesday. Thereafter, the National Weather Service expects an unsettled wet weather pattern for several days.

Rain is predicted to start to fall Thursday night in Sacramento. The weather service expects significant rain and Sierra snow, perhaps below 5,000 feet, in Northern California.

Visitors enjoy the first day of Spring at McLaughlin's Daffodil Hill in Volcano, Calif., on Monday March 20, 2017.

Bill Lindelof contributed to this report. Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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