Monday, March 24, 2008

Daffodil Days

Posted by Dori Nottingham

It is officially spring and I am excited for that! I love the change in seasons and love to feel the warm sun and to watch the flowers start to pop. Especially when I'm in a place that awaits spring in March when the first day announces it's here and the signs of spring are already all around.

I grew up in small mountain town in Southern California. They have recently started celebrating spring with "daffodil days". With my dad a local activist in the community he buys bulbs by the flat to plant every fall and more and more daffodils and flowers bloom every year around the town. It's fun to see how and where they bloom. Different people plant flowers in the craziest places. Soon I hope the town will look much like the lady up the street who planted daffodils at her house until it became a local attraction. Because of her diligence in doing a seasonal chore many people appreciate the beauty that she helped create.

In the past few years a book was published about her life and her daffodil philosophy. I love the joy and beauty that flowers bring and this book is a great antidote for motivation or a plain old smile. Below is the book review off of amazon from her publisher (Shadow Mountain) along with some photos I took for you all to see.

Every year, high in the San Bernardino mountain range of Southern California, five acres of beautiful daffodils burst into bloom. Amazingly, this special spot, known as "The Daffodil Garden," was planted by one person, one bulb at a time, over a period of thirty-five years. The story of "The Daffodil Principle" originally appeared nearly ten years ago in Jaroldeen Edwards' book Celebration! Since that time, the story has gained international popularity and has been retold innumerable times. Available for the first time as an illustrated gift book, with artwork by Anne Marie Oborn, this story will touch hearts with its simple message: Start today, one step at a time, to change your world.


m said...

Found your blog by clicking "next blog", saying hello.

When I lived in NY, you always knew it was spring because the town center would be drenched in daffodils. It was a beautiful, hopeful sight. Your photos and post reminded me of this. Thank you.

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hsjacobus said...

Love this. I need to take Wade to one of these places. He simply loves flowers.