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  DAFFODILS IN BLOOM
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  • DAFFODILS IN BLOOM - Julian
      DAFFODILS IN BLOOM
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  • DAFFODILS PEEKING THROUGH THE SNOW - Julian
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Winter, spring, summer, or fall it doesn't matter at all, hiking is a fun thing to do in and around Julian. If you want to hike in the snow and see your footprints, go in winter. Summer is fine for that feel good mountain air warmth of a hike. Fall brings the crispness and the apple season. I saved spring for last, because this is when life blooms again.

Spring brings the beautiful daffodil blossoms. They bloom leaving a bright yellow haze to the hills and valleys of Julian. Typically beginning in late February into March and sometimes early April are the best months to view the daffodil in bloom. All the credit for this display of nature goes to one woman who wanted to honor her father. Almost twenty years ago, Sally Snipes, a Julian artist and gardener, began to plant daffodil bulbs as a memorial to her father. She organized volunteers to help out and they planted tens of thousands of daffodil bulbs that today number into the millions. One person can make a difference and in Julian, Sally is that person.

I haven't been told, and I have meant to try to reach Sally Snipes to find out, but I believe the poem "JULIAN OF NORWICH" by Sydney Carter was her inspiration for becoming the daffodil lady of Julian in memory of her father. The poem, Julian of Norwich: "Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go. Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know.
Ring out, bells of Norwich, and let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know. Love, like the yellow daffodil, is coming through the snow. Love, like the yellow daffodil, is Lord of all I know." Thank you Sally Snipes for the tribute to your father by leaving a legacy of beautiful yellow Daffodils to grace the landscape for the town of Julian, California.

Address: All around town during the early spring.
Directions: Julian is in the mountains about 50 miles from San Diego at the crossroads of Hwy 78 and Hwy 79.
Website: http://www.julianca.com/index.htm

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2012
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