Rainy weather put a damper on Daffodil Hill. This week's storms have delayed the opening of the Amador County landmark until sometime next week.
Originally, the famous McLaughlin Ranch in Volcano planned to open its gates today for its 72nd daffodil season. But too much rain made its paths slippery, muddy and dangerous.
"Due to the storms we are currently experiencing, we had to postpone our opening," said the ranch's recorded message on its daffodil hotline. "We hope to open when the weather dries out next week."
Flower fans are encouraged to call the hotline for updates after Monday: (209) 296-7048.
Weather permitting, Daffodil Hill's season extends into early April. Once open, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily seven days a week. But always call before driving the two hours from Sacramento. For safety reasons, the garden is closed during rainy weather.
Considered the No. 1 tourist destination in Amador County, Daffodil Hill features about a half million blooms in more than 300 varieties squeezed into six acres. The Ryan family, descendents of the original owners dating back to the 1800s, add thousands of bulbs each fall.
Admission and parking are free, but donations are welcome. No pets are allowed.
Located about 50 miles from Sacramento, Daffodil Hill is at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano. For directions and more, click on www.amadorcountychamber.com and follow the links to Daffodil Hill under "Historic Attractions."