I remember my mom showing me the tulips of Holland one time in a magazine article or something. Everywhere you looked, it was just huge swaths of color. And when I was a kid, it's not like I was some huge fan of flowers or anything. I just remember being mesmerized by all the colors.
As an adult I'm much more appreciative of those kinds of things. Granted, I have two whatever-the-opposite-of-green-is, thumbs. I'm relatively sure I could kill a plant by looking at it. As opposed to my wife, who seems to have magical powers when it comes to that sort of thing.
But Elisabeth Wolfe, a woman from Belfast, was in Virginia at one point, and saw a huge field of daffodils. She began to think maybe it would be a good idea to do something like in Belfast. So a few years ago, she began the Belfast Daffodil Project. The project has a goal of planting one million daffodils over the next 20 years.
So far, they've planted over 100,000. While she may have gotten some bounce-back from folks at the beginning, she now has over 200 volunteers that are eager to help spruce up, errr... flower up, Belfast. There's flowers in front of people's homes, businesses, etc.
If they stay on the track they've set up for themselves so far, they should get all these daffodils in the ground in about half the projected time. Of course, it could happen even quicker if more folks volunteer. And as Wolfe points out, it's totally a community effort, not just her pet project. She said this to Fox ABC Maine:
People thought I was nuts and they weren’t as enthusiastic as I was in the beginning at all. Each year all of sudden, this year we are all on board together....Our community did this. I didn’t do this. The community did and my heart is just filled.
If you'd like to assist this project in any way, here's a spot on their website that lists all sorts of different ways you can get involved.