Spring has sprung in the San Bernardino's and along with the promise of a beautiful season, comes the blooming of thousands of daffodils. These beautiful flowers line Highway 189, blanketing the mountain in splendid sunshine hues. The return of these daffodils is an enduring legacy that returns every year to the mountains thanks to Twin Peaks resident Julie Greer. In 1999, Mrs. Greer began planting her favorite flower, daffodils, along the side of the road. She had a wish to see Twin Peaks bursting with the colorful flowers. What started out with a couple hundred daffodils that year, grew to thousands, and has continued to grow ever since.
Sadly, after a lengthy battle with breast cancer, Mrs. Greer passed in July of 2001. Her husband Tom, determined to continue his wife's work, persisted planting his late wife's favorite flower. The Julie Greer Daffodil Project was born, and it has continued to contribute to the growth of daffodils on the mountain. Now, it is estimated that around 80,000 daffodils bloom along the Highway 189 area every year thanks to The Julie Greer Project. As you wind your way through our spectacular mountain communities, keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful flowers, and keep your thoughts on Mrs. Julie Greer.
If you've fallen in love with the mountain's daffodils, and the touching story behind them, take a piece a beautiful story home by planting them near you! Make sure to order your daffodils in May. The three varieties that last longest in the mountain area are the Fortissimo, the Carlton, and the Ice Follies daffodils. The best bulbs to buy are the larger bulbs, as they bloom best in the area.
- The best dates to plant are in the fall -- 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes, in October or November.
- They do best in sites that are in full sun, or partial shade.
- Though daffodils are hardy and tolerate most soils, they thrive in moderately fertile, well drained soil that is kept moist during the growing season.
- Dig about a foot down in loose soil, turn up the dirt, and plant the bulb 8 inches down.
- Daffodils will tolerate some crowding, but they would rather be spaced 3 to 6 inches apart.
- The beautiful perennials will bloom in late winter to early spring when planted in autumn.