The bulb planting process is staggered in the fall to allow for a long-lasting bloom from March to May. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s Mother’s Day 2019 on Sunday. If you didn’t make a reservation, order flowers or make other arrangements, don’t worry. Here are seven last-minute, sure-to-please ideas in San Diego.

Flower Fields — Who needs a bouquet when you can have 50 acres of tecolote ranunculus flowers in rainbow colors. The famous flower-covered hills in Carlsbad will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $9 for children.

Ballet — Treat your mom to a ballet performance at the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. The City Ballet is performing Mozart’s Requiem at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Tickets starting at $20 are available online.

Chocolate Festival — It’s a day early, but surely your mom will love the annual chocolate festival at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Stroll through the gardens in Encinitas will sampling edibles made from the ground beans of the Theobroma cacao. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is included with paid admission to the garden.

Dining with the Orcas. Courtesy SeaWorld

SeaWorld — One of San Diego’s best-known attractions is offering a unique Mother’s Day brunch — a poolside meal just feet away from the famous killer whales. SeaWorld promises an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring sustainable, organic, seasonal and locally-grown ingredients. Advance reservations are recommended.

Food and Wine Festival — Take your mom to La Jolla Cove for the Junior League of San Diego’s 19th annual Food and Wine Festival at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with 40 restaurants, wineries and breweries participating. Tickets start at $30.

Balboa Park — One of California’s most all-encompassing tourist attractions is San Diego’s own Balboa Park. From museums to gardens to restaurants, there’s a lot for mom to enjoy. A single-day explorer pass to any five museums is $48.

OpenTable — If a traditional Mother’s Day meal is still your goal at this late date, online technology has come to your rescue. The OpenTable reservation service let’s you interactively search available times at local restaurants on Sunday.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.