If you haven't heard the story TheDaffodil Principle yet, then you have been missing out. It has such a great message. It quickly became one of my favorite stories the first time I heard it. When Dave found out how much it meant to me he decided to plant some Daffodil bulbs on our hill in our backyard. I was excited because we aren't able to plant a lot of spring flowers due to living so close to the mountain. Why you ask? Well the deer seem to enjoy them in their tummies before we even get to see them blossom! But once we learned the deer won't even taste the daffodils, we were excited to get planting. Dave and my boys painstakingly planted over 750 bulbs one year, ONE bulb at a time! I could NOT believe they would that...for me! It was not an easy thing to do considering the slope of our hill either! Unfortunately, even though the deer don't enjoy eating them, they have no qualms about walking and trampling on them. Still, we get a pretty good burst of bright yellow each spring. We always look for the first glimpse of color up on the hill each March. That means spring is close! This year however, they blossomed about a month late. But blossom they did! I have added some photos of them at the end of this post. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do!
The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration: Learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time, learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world. "It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve! My daughter summed up the message of the day in her direct way, "Start tomorrow, Mom," she said, "It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of our yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask... "How can I put this to use today?" ~Written by Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards I did some research on "The Daffodil Principle" written by Jaroldeen Edwards because I wanted to know if this garden existed. This is the real garden by Mrs. Gene Bauer of Running Spring, CA
Anyone can visit during peak bloom time, early March to early April. The garden is located below Running Springs, California, in the San Bernardino Mountains. From the city of Highland (about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles), take Highway 330 toward Running Springs. Drive 14 miles into the mountains to the intersection of Live Oak Dr. and Fredalba. Turn right on Fredalba and proceed one mile. Park in the church parking lot. From there, signs will direct you.
She has been through 2 fires in the last 4 years and has lost many of the daffodils. Perhaps, only if you want to, you can send her $5 in the mail so she can buy a few new bulbs.
(Alma) Gene and Dale Bauer
P.O. Box 205,
Running Springs, CA 92382 -0205 Y
Check out this link HERE to see more photos and read the amazing story of how it all started and how she continues to still plant!
You can now buy this great story as a children's book.
These are the shots from my own Daffodil Garden. Can you see the little specks of yellow?
A little closer view... there was a deer right at the top of the hill when I shot this, but I can't find him in the photo!
Daffodils are such happy looking flowers...
These two shots were taken at the top of the hill looking down.
Start today...just one bulb at a time.