DAFFODILS, LILACS & LILIES, OH MY!
Spring's arrival to the historic town of Julian will be "announced" when
over 3 million daffodils burst into bloom in Julian's townsite, and along
Julian's roadsides and meadows. This mountain community, located just 60
miles northeast of San Diego, will once again be transformed by a parade of
vibrant blossoms, which are renewed by Julian's occasional snowfall and
refreshing spring showers.
Daffodils have flourished in Julian since Julian's "daffodil lady," Sally
Snipes, began planting daffodil bulbs to honor her father, Jack, in 1990.
Snipes along with Betty Bowman, organized a group of volunteers to plant in
an ever-expanding area, beginning with historic "downtown" Julian. The
remnants of many old homesteads are still graced every spring by
butter-cupped flowers on nodding stems. Julian's Historic Pioneer Cemetery,
overlooking the Julian townsite, will be abundant with bloom. Daffodils
multiply readily and bloom annually to the delight of many Julian visitors.
The blooming daffodils provide photographers, nature lovers and romantics
with breathtaking beauty.
Daffodils, in golden yellows and cream, are the first to bloom when
spring arrives in Julian. The memorable and fragrant lilac, familiar to many
mid-westerners, soon follows. This "true lilac" (not the Ceanothus or
California Mountain Lilac which many Californians are familiar with) is not
found in such abundance elsewhere in Southern California. Following the
lilacs are two other sweet-scented flowers found more commonly in cooler climates: the lily-of-the-valley and peony. Field flowers are set against
a backdrop of blossoming apple, pear, and locust trees, which compete with
cottony clouds set against smog-free skies!
For the most part, daffodils usually bloom from late February through
March, though Mother Nature has surprised us with earlier and later
bloomings in years past.
The historic mountain village of Julian is situated at an elevation of
4200 feet; visitors and residents can experience the four seasons in picture
postcard splendor, only about 1 hour from San Diego. Visitors wishing to
extend their stay can select from almost 60 lodging facilities, ranging from
historic lodges and hotels, quaint or luxurious country inns, charming bed
and breakfasts, and rustic cabins. For information about lodging, dining,
shopping, events or attractions, all the Julian Chamber of Commerce at 760
Visit during mid-week to enjoy the quiet and peaceful
historic town and beautiful countryside.
Julian Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1866, 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA 92036