The mountain and desert wildflowers are spectacular in the spring. The hillsides are covered in mountain lilacs, and the valleys are alive with a variety of native flowers among the fresh grass. Of course, the highlight in our town is always seeing the fruit trees in full blossom. Depending on the rain, Julian tends to spring to life around the end of February, and the blooms last until April.
The Julian Woman's Club holds an annual wildflower show to display nature's beauty. The show has been a local tradition since 1926. It usually occurs near the end of April or the beginning of May.
For those who can’t see the wildflowers in person, below is a virtual flower show.
The Julian community has worked hard to line the roads with over four million daffodil bulbs. The daffodils usually start blooming in February and March. Be sure to look for when the Julian Daffodil Project is holding their annual Daffodil Show. For those who can't make the show, many of the daffodils are along the highways and on private property as you come into the town of Julian. A few safe spaces to pull over to enjoy the daffodils are Wynola Pizza and near the Julian Library/Julian High School. Please don't pick the flowers or steal the planted bulbs.
Every spring, the hills come alive with wild mountain lilac, also known as ceanothus. Depending on the elevation, the flower will be anywhere from white to purple-blue. We have a Mountain Made candle inspired by the wonderful aroma these flowers put out.