Daffodil Hill is on a ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador county about 50 miles east of Sacramento, and about 80 miles north of our house. The family that owns the ranch has planted more than 300,000 daffodil bulbs around the old homestead and opens the ranch for visitors every spring to view the flowers. We went up to see the daffodils last week, and it was a good thing that we did since it was open only 12 days this year because just a couple of days ago they had a severe hail storm that ruined all the flowers.
The ranch was built in the 1850’s right after the gold rush and the original owner was from Holland. He planted daffodil bulbs around his house to remind him of his homeland.
When the current owner’s grandparents bought the ranch, they liked the daffodils so much that they continued planting more bulbs every year.
After their deaths, their children and grandchildren kept up the tradition of planting daffodil bulbs, and started opening the ranch in the spring for visitors to see the flowers.
Daffodils aren’t the only colorful things you can see there. Here are two of the dozen or so peacocks that live on the ranch.
The family plants about 16,000 new bulbs every year of many different varieties.
They also had a lot of tubs of other spring flowers, here are some beautiful red tulips.