Julian’s daffodils are as much a labor of love as they are a yearly extravaganza. They are planted each November, going two decades now, by organized teams of volunteers that often include whole classrooms of students. A typical late fall day in Julian will see any number of adults and kids working near the shoulder of the road with shovels and trowels in hand, while others stand ready with boxes of bonemeal and overflowing bags of bulbs.
The Daffodil Project is the inspiration of master gardener Sally Snipes, also a well-known Julian artist, in memory of her father who was himself an artist and illustrator and part of Sally’s great inspiration to paint watercolors of the natural environment. Like the volunteer pool that has grown steadily, the bulbs can multiply from year to year under good conditions. The flowers seen now push into the millions by some counts.
Photos above by Barbara Swanson